UT Gardens April Plant of the Month: Robb’s Spurge
Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 8:02 pm
Submitted by Jason Reeves, curator of the UT Gardens – Jackson
Most euphorbias prefer full sun, well drained soil and dislike humidity, therefore perform poorly in the south. One exception is Robb’s Spurge, Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae.
Robb’s spurge is beautiful in the shade garden paired with woodland phlox (Phlox divaricata) or forming a skirt around the beautiful chartreuse foliage of ‘Little Honey’ oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Little Honey’) or ‘Florida Sunshine’ anise shrub (Illicium parviflorum ‘Florida Sunshine’).
Robb’s spurge is not always easy to find, but well worth seeking out for your garden.
Jason Reeves is an Ornamental Horticulture Research Associate with the UT West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson. He creates the various seasonal horticultural displays, conducts research on herbaceous and woody ornamentals, and supports various educational programs. The UT Gardens in Jackson and Knoxville are a project of the UT Institute of Agriculture. Their mission is to foster appreciation, education and stewardship of plants through garden displays, collections, educational programs and research trials. The gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. See http://utgardens.tennessee.edu/ and http://westtennessee.tennessee.edu/ornamentals/ for more information.