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Cypress Spurge

Euphorbia cyparissias

Also known as

Bonaparte's Crown, Faitour's Grass, Graveyard Ground Pine, Graveyard Weed, Irish Moss, Love In A Huddle, Tree Spurge, Welcome-To-Our-House, Graveyard Spurge, Cemetary Spurge

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Euphorbia cyparissias (cypress spurge) 3 x 9cm pots
Euphorbia cyparissias (cypress spurge) 3 x 9cm pots

Cypress Spurge Overview

Euphorbia cyparissias is a delicate and miniature plant with lime green-yellow flowers that can be used to brighten up a dry border. Often likened to a mini cypress tree due to its linear spiky foliage, its upright nature give it architectural benefits. This plant will establish and spread quickly, sometimes too quickly if not carefully managed.

Common problems with Cypress Spurge

Due to the acrid sap very little pests bother the plant, although they can suffer from rust.

How to harvest Cypress Spurge

Collect seeds in late summer.

How to propagate Cypress Spurge


Dig up and divide in spring and plant in desired locations.


Seeds can be collected in late summer before they are dispersed naturally by means of explosion. Seeds should sown at a shallow depth.

Special features of Cypress Spurge

Drought resistant

Thrives in a dry soil and can withstand prolonged periods of drought.

Hedge plant

Other uses of Cypress Spurge

Borders, banks, ground cover, walls, rock garden