Griffith's Spurge flowers
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Height: 3 feet
Spread: 32 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3b
This is an easy and reliable grower, forming a bushy mound that appears like a small shrub; firey orange bracts enveloping yellow flowers appear in early summer and continue for many weeks; divide in spring every 4 or 5 years; sap is toxic
Griffith's Spurge has masses of beautiful cymes of yellow flowers with orange bracts at the ends of the stems from mid spring to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its attractive narrow leaves emerge coppery-bronze in spring, turning green in colour with distinctive creamy white veins. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous brick red in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The coral-pink stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.
Griffith's Spurge is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Griffith's Spurge is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Griffith's Spurge will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 32 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division.