Well, that's what happened to me when I first saw the unusual Euphorbia plant (cushion spurge). I didn't know what it was, but I thought it was beautiful. Well, maybe not beautiful, but striking. Not exactly handsome in the traditional way, like Cary Grant. But definitely mesmerizing. Like Johnny Depp.
After years of seeing this plant in my favorite gardening book, I had little hope of having one in my garden. But you never know what surprises await at the garden center!
Sure enough, suddenly one day, there he was! Not decked out in finery, just the regular black plastic pot. With not an admirer in the place - except me. I couldn't believe my luck. I had found my elusive plant - the euphorbia. 'Blackbird' was its name, and I ran to it like I was going to plant a big kiss on its leaves. (I didn't.) (It's poisonous.)
A slight hesitation to make sure it grew in my zone (it did!), and I greedily put it in my cart. I looked around and found another, 'Ascot Rainbow', for insurance, and proudly planted them in my garden.
|Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow'|
I never tire of seeing these beautiful euphorbias. They stay evergreen for me, bloom with the most unusual flowers, and basically just look absolutely stunning. When visitors come, they are always a bit surprised, but quite delighted, with the remarkable - and handsome - foliage of this most striking plant. If there were a Hollywood Walk of Fame for flowers, you can bet this plant would be on it.
And if the plant isn't odd enough for you, check out its most curious flowers. In the 'Blackbird' picture above, you will notice two little seed pods in each bloom that are not opened. In the picture below, you will clearly see that these seed pods have opened (the seeds get flung out when ripe). It looks like two extra blooms coming out of each bloom. I don't know about other types of cushion spurge, but these two are not invasive. I have never seen any baby Euphorbias coming up.
|Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow'|
Euphorbia 'Blackbird' and 'Ascot Rainbow' grow to around 2 ft. tall, in zones 6 through 9. If you like something a bit different, something that may garner its own paparazzi, and you're lucky enough to find one or two, you should try this at home.
Do you like unusual plants? Or would you rather stay with the Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan type flowers? (You know, very nice and adorably cute.)
Those Euphorbia are great! I love unusual plants, but unfortunately Zone 6 is not all that conducive to "unusual". I'll just read about everyone else's interesting plants in warmer places!ReplyDelete
I love Euphorbias. I have Euphorbia Polychroma growing here. The colors are so vibrant! Ascot Rainbow really does look like a rainbow. Spectacular!ReplyDelete
Shannon - It does seem like the more tropical plants are some of the most unusual. Surely, though, zone 6 has some unusual?ReplyDelete
PlantPostings - I looked up Euphorbia Polychroma and it looks fabulous! And it grows in zone 4 to zone 9 - Shannon, are you listening? I have not seen it for sale anywhere around here, but I would snatch it up in an instant if I did!
Mesmerizing like Johnny Depp? So funny. I like them all. Can't choose between John or Tom. LOL! Now, now, would tropical plants in a tropical country be John or Tom?ReplyDelete
One - hahaha Tropical plants? Some might be Toms, but I bet most are more like John. ;)ReplyDelete
I've seen Euphorbias numerous times and have been tempted to buy one but have been hesitant due to what I've read about the sap causing skin irritation. Have you had any problems with that?ReplyDelete
Good luck with your euphorbias, it is such a joy to find a plant you love growing.ReplyDelete
Lynn - Personally I haven't had a problem with that, but I don't cut mine - I'd love for them to grow as tall as possible. I am aware of it, though, so if I cut it I'd be very careful. Plus, I always wear gloves and glasses. I also don't have children at home. If I did, I would probably be a little more careful about all my plantings.ReplyDelete
Masha - It is thrilling to find that certain odd plant for sale. I'm not a big one to buy from catalogs, though I do from time to time. I think they sometimes offer a bigger selection of odd and unusual plantings.
I used to be a Tom Hanks kinda girl when it came to flowers but as I've learned more and more about gardens and plants the more my tastes are ranging into the 'Depp' category. Now I love euphorbias (your Blackbird looks wonderful), wildflowers, anything with big foliage. There are just so many wonderful plants to learn about and grow.ReplyDelete
Marguerite - You are right - there are so many wonderful plants to learn about and grow. I think most gardeners evolve to the unusual, even if that means a rare or uncommon variety of their favorite flower. Thanks for commenting.ReplyDelete
Your euphorbia look great, i'll have to check out the local garden centre.ReplyDelete
Kelli - I hope you find one!ReplyDelete