Common Name: spurge
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Zone: 5 to 7
Height: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Bloom Time: May to June
Bloom Description: Yellow tinged with purple
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Dry to medium
Leaf: Colorful, Good Fall
Tolerate: Rabbit, Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil, Air Pollution
Grow in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to light shade. Best purple leaf color in full sun. Tolerates poor soils that are somewhat dry. Intolerant of the hot, humid summers of the deep South.
An erect, rhizomatous perennial typically growing 12-20" tall. Oblong leaves emerge dusky purple in spring, mature to a rich burgundy-purple and acquire a reddish tinge in autumn. Stems are also purple. Yellow flowers (actually showy bracts) appear in late spring and are usually lightly tinged with purple. The true flowers are yellowish-green and inconspicuous. Foliage provides interesting summer and fall accent. Milky sap can irritate skin and eyes and is mildly poisonous if ingested.
No serious insect or disease problems.
Interesting specimen for the rock garden or border front. Yellow flowers and purple foliage contrast well with other perennials.