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Griffith's Spurge*

Euphorbia griffithii

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Griffith's Spurge (Euphorbia griffithii) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Griffith's Spurge flowers

Griffith's Spurge flowers

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  32 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3


This is an easy and reliable grower, forming a bushy mound that appears like a small shrub; firey orange bracts enveloping yellow flowers appear in early summer and continue for many weeks; divide in spring every 4 or 5 years; sap is toxic

Ornamental Features

Griffith's Spurge has masses of beautiful cymes of yellow flowers with orange bracts at the ends of the stems from mid spring to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its attractive narrow leaves emerge coppery-bronze in spring, turning green in color with distinctive creamy white veins. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous brick red in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The coral-pink stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

Landscape Attributes

Griffith's Spurge is an herbaceous 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 is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. 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.

Griffith's Spurge is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Griffith's Spurge will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 32 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 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 not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America, 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. It can be propagated by division.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Edging  Garden 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Bark 
Ornamental Features