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Wood Spurge

Euphorbia amygdaloides

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Full Shade
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








1 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Wood Spurge Overview

Wood spurge is an excellent choice for planting in the dry shade of trees, where others may fail. This plant will quickly establish and spread by means of rhizomes, creating an attractive dark green foliage. In late spring to summer, the shady area the plant inhabits is brightened with the vivid green-yellow inflorescence typical of Euphorbia.

Common problems with Wood Spurge

Due to the toxic sap, Wood spurge suffers very little from the usual woodland browsers.

Wood Spurge Companion Plants

Plant with other dry shade plants.

How to harvest Wood Spurge

Caution should always be taken when picking wood spurge flowers or stems as the milky sap is poisonous and an irritant when in contact with skin. Foliage can be cut down after flowering in late summer, for fresh growth, keeping the plant compact.

How to propagate Wood Spurge


Propagate by division in spring, planting immediately. For best results plant into shade and water in well.


Split a bit of rhizome to plant in new spot.


You can propagate by basal cuttings in the spring or summer, by division in spring or early autumn.


Seeds in the autumn.

Special features of Wood Spurge

Drought resistant

Grows happily in the drought shade of trees in woodland.

Other uses of Wood Spurge

Borders, under shrubs,


It is among the few plants that thrive in the dry shade of trees, where it is used as groundcover.

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