I love Euphorbias and I particularly love this plant! It has a beautiful colour palette of powder blue / green foliage with acid green and burgundy red flower heads. The new growth of its stems during the early spring matches the two-colours featured within its flower heads.  Awarded by the RHS with ‘Award of Garden Merit’ it’s easy to see why. A beautiful plant for mixed borders that will give you a constant presence throughout the year.

Botanical name: Euphorbia x martinii
Other names: Martin’s spurge
Genus: Euphorbia
Species: E. x martinii – E. × martinii is a dwarf, evergreen sub-shrub with narrow, dark grey-green leaves. It bears open sprays of greenish-yellow, sometimes purple-eyed, flowers in spring and summer.
Euphorbia x martinii is: Evergreen
Flower: Purple, Yellow-green in Spring; Yellow-green, Purple in Summer
Foliage: Grey-green in All seasons
Habit: Clump-forming, Upright
Toxicity: All parts of the plant are highly toxic if ingested. The milky sap may cause irritation to skin and eyes.
Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

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