Herself's Houston Garden

Conservation through cultivation

Spurge ‘Blackbird’ (Euphorbia)




There are over 2,000 varieties of euphorbia. This is a succulent and is again gaining popularity because of its water wise ways. I had no interest in it, it looked like a rather dull plant. Except for one thing, it was the only plant in the nursery mobbed with bees. So I brought several home and planted them in my bee and butterfly gardens.

Euphorbia can handle sun to part shade. I have some in the sun, some in the shade, I’ll let you know how they do about 6 months from now. It is a popular plant for dry, forested areas which is where it grows native in the Mediterranean.

Flowers mostly consist of brachs and are barely noticeable, being dark green and dark purple.

This euphorbia spurge will reach 1′-3′ tall depending on growing conditions.

Spruges tend to be frost hardy so this should winter over should we have another difficult winter this year.

Propagate by cuttings.

Toxic – do not eat this plant, toxins from euphorbia are used as poison animal control capsules.

Considered invasive in north western US and NC and Virginia. It was brought to the US in the 1827.

Rubber is produced from the toxic white fluid of euphorbias.

Meh – the spurges all committed suicide at the first sign of warm temperatures – not for Houston.

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