If you’re looking for a plant that will give your garden color and texture all year long; require almost no maintenance, or any augmented watering after its first growing season, perhaps you should consider the Euphorbia rigida.
This shrub is an evergreen perennial in our northwest climate. It originated in what we used to call Yugoslavia (now the 7 independent nations of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia).
Here’s more of what you should know about this plant:
- It will brighten the late winter months with chartreuse blooms that will last for well over a month.
- It must be watered the first summer, but it is drought tolerant after that.
- Its foliage shows gray-blue color in the summer sun and a green-gray color in the winter.
- It is well mannered: This means it is not prone to seeding around like some of its cousins.
- Individual plants are about two feet tall and one and a half inch wide in general.
- Maintenance is simple. After the blooms have been spent, cut that stem all the way down to the ground. The shoots that didn’t bloom this time around will next year.
Euphorbia rigida looks great next to rocks and likes well-drained soil It doesn’t like to get its feet wet, so avoid planting it where it will end up sitting in irrigation water in the summer, or in a place where water pools in the winter rains.