Update 2022: after I moved these in 2021, one got too dried out (I think) and died but the other is going strong.
Over the years I’ve admired the many euphorbias I’ve seen gracing sunny urban lots here in Seattle. I’ve always considered them a sun plant, but I spied this variety at the nursery that supposedly accepts part sun, and decided to go for it. I planted two on the shadier north side of the house, but they’ll get a pretty good blast of midday sun in the summer when the sun’s path moves higher into the sky. Hopefully they do well, as I think they’ll provide some much needed texture and height along the narrow garden bed next to the fence.
Euphorbia × martini, or Martin’s spurge, is a hybrid between two species of flowering plant, E. amygdaloides × E. characias subsp. characias in the spurge family Euphorbiaceae.
08/2021: Ended up moving both of these to the south easement next to the retaining wall for more sun. It had lost all of the interesting red color and gotten really leggy their original spot. Update: one got too dried out (I think) and died but the other is going strong
Hi! I'm Lorie and I wrangle plants in a muddy, feral shade garden in the Pacific Northwest. I built this site to serve as a gardening journal and quasi-accurate record of planting successes and failures. My goal is to help "future me" be a better gardener. I hope what I've learned along the way can be useful to you too. Thanks for visiting!