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Creeping Spurge, Donkey Tail, Myrtle Spurge
Scientific Name: Euphorbia myrsinites L.
Synonym:
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Creeping Spurge, Donkey Tail, Myrtle Spurge (Euphorbia  myrsinites)
Euphorbia myrsinites in the New York Botanical Garden
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 1-24, 31-43
USDA: 5-9

Frost Tolerance: Hardy in Phoenix

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 35F (2C)

Sun Exposure: Light shade to full sun

Origin: Mediterranean region to Iran

Growth Habits: Perennial to 14 inches (35 cm), 12 inches spread (30 cm)

Watering Needs: Moderate water, good drainage

Propagation: Seeds, division


The plant is slightly toxic, and the sap can be very irritating, producing blisters on the skin. In some areas of the country, it has escaped from cultivation and is considered a noxious weed. Reportedly its sale is forbidden in Colorado.

Cultural Practices:
Cut out old stems as they turn yellow, and faded flowers.

Blooming Habits:
Sulfur yellow flowers in spring.

Fruiting Habits:

Check for Field Collection numbers at Ralph Martin's Site


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