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Euphorbia myrsinites - Myrtle Spurge

I think Euphorbia myrsinites looks like it is really some kind of an alien or underwater creature. Euphorbia myrsinites sends out multiple tendrils like a sea anemone with it arms reaching along on the ground and then in mid-winter it rises up 6-8" and puts on blooms with the most interesting architecture. In mass plantings or borders Euphorbia myrsinites will look like it belongs underwater. In some ways this makes Euphorbia myrsinites perfect for the drought tolerant garden that wants to look tropical. Meandering snakelike branches trail towards the sun like little medusas. The plants have only lived for two seasons in my yard but seedlings replace them in abundance. The sap of Euphorbia myrsinites and many other Euphorbia's can cause severe skin irritation in some people, including me, so care should be taken when handling the plants.In some areas Euphorbia myrsinites has become a pest. A little research before planting would be appropriate to make sure that this has not become a problem plant in your area.

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Euphorbia myrsinites