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Euphorbia polychroma

Plant Type: Perennials

Cushion Spurge gets its name from its cushion-like, perfectly dome-shaped habit. In late spring, the pale green leaves are topped with chrome-yellow bracts that shine brightly in the garden. If sited correctly, the leaves will turn red in the fall. This is the best Spurge for northern gardens and it is extremely drought tolerant.  If happy, it will self-seed, so it can become a good groundcover plant.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Cushion Spurge grows well in full sun. It prefers average, well-drained soil. After flowering in spring, Cushion Spurge should be cut back to about 4". This will keep the plant more compact and prevent it from splitting in the center. It should be divided or propagated from stem cuttings every few years since older plants tend to become leggy.

Flower Color


Foliage Color

Green turning red in fall

Plant Spread

18-24 in.

Good Companions

Bugleweed (Ajuga ), Candytuft-Evergreen (Iberis sempervirens), Coral Bells (Heuchera ), Iris-Tall Bearded (Iris pallida), Rock Cress (Arabis caucasica), Stonecrop (Sedum )

Plant Height

12-18 in.

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Low to average water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Drought tolerant, Salt tolerant, Cut flower or foliage, Border, Specimen, Container

Bloom Time

Late spring

Critter Resistance

Deer and rabbit resistant


Full sun to part shade

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests