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Blackbird Evergreen Spurge

Euphorbia 'Nothowlee'

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Blackbird Evergreen Spurge (Euphorbia 'Nothowlee') at Homestead Gardens

Blackbird Evergreen Spurge foliage

Blackbird Evergreen Spurge foliage

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Blackbird Evergreen Spurge (Euphorbia 'Nothowlee') at Homestead Gardens

Blackbird Evergreen Spurge

Blackbird Evergreen Spurge

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Description:

This plant will provide excellent contrast in the garden or in pots with its dark purple leaves; stunning chartreuse and yellow flowers on rose stems; best foliage color in full sun

Ornamental Features

Blackbird Evergreen Spurge's narrow leaves remain deep purple in color throughout the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Blackbird Evergreen Spurge is an herbaceous evergreen 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 should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. 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.

Blackbird Evergreen Spurge is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Blackbird Evergreen Spurge will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 8 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 considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid, 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.

Blackbird Evergreen Spurge is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Ornamental Features