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Red euphorbia (?) ID please

msqingxiaomsqingxiao North LondonPosts: 346
Saw this vibrantly-coloured flower bed on my way to work. Can someone ID the one that looks like euphorbia please? Thanks!


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  • AnniDAnniD South West UKPosts: 10,399
    It could be euphorbia griffithii Fireglow. 
  • Simone_in_WiltshireSimone_in_Wiltshire WiltshirePosts: 287
    @AnniD I don't think it's a Fireglow.
    @msqingxiao One of my Euphorbia plants looks like this when the flowering is over and I have to cut each of the stems to make space for new grow, something I did just last weekend as the new grow needed space and I had to say goodbye to the phantastic looking red stems.
    I bought my Euphorbia martinii for £2.50 as pot plant in Autumn 2019, but saw later on that it can get 1x1 meter and can also be planted in a border.
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  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze I garden in South Notts on an improved clay soil Posts: 1,994
    @Simone_in_Wiltshire Wondered if it could be E amygdaloides?
  • Simone_in_WiltshireSimone_in_Wiltshire WiltshirePosts: 287
    @GardenerSuze I’m by no means an expert. But what I think is important to know that this is one of those Euphobia that start green, at the end of the stem are the flowers, and when the season is finished, they turn red and those stems need to be cut. It seems to take a year or two, because I had the red stems for the first time and they looked gorgeous. 
    There are other Euphobia were just the flowers are cut in a binnal cycle.  
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  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze I garden in South Notts on an improved clay soil Posts: 1,994
    [email protected] sorry now with it! Will get back if any more thoughts. I do love the red bracts.
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze I garden in South Notts on an improved clay soil Posts: 1,994
    @Simone_in_Wiltshire There is one called E Martinii Rudolph, so possibly the bracts turn red as they die. With that in mind I recall growing E Martinii with E griffithii Fireglow a very long time ago. The bracts on E Martinii did turn red but also brown.  The plant in the photo possibly has better growing conditions?
  • LoxleyLoxley NottinghamPosts: 4,639
    edited 10 July
    My hunch is it's Euphorbia x martinii, and the spent flowering stems are just colouring up as they fade back, as Simone suggests. 
  • LoxleyLoxley NottinghamPosts: 4,639
    edited 10 July
    You can see the effect here. Mine didn't go red like this, but I suspect the amount of sun and drought stress plays a role.
  • Simone_in_WiltshireSimone_in_Wiltshire WiltshirePosts: 287
    @Loxley stunning. My red looked like Autumn red like yours. 
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  • msqingxiaomsqingxiao North LondonPosts: 346
    Thank you all for the replies! That flower bed has been like that for like a month now. I didn't notice the euphorbias' colour before until they put on this spectacular show. Will definitely get one of those mentioned above for my own garden!  :)


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