Cushion Spurge

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  • Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
  • Mature Height 15 - 18 Inches
  • Mature Spread 18 - 21 Inches
  • Growing Zones 4 - 8

If you’re looking to add a piece that will remain attractive in your garden year-round, look no further than the Cushion Spurge. This mounding perennial features inconspicuous, green flowers with eye-catching yellow bracts. Its green foliage turns up the heat as fall rolls around, shifting to shades of red, purple and orange. This plant is great for the garden or in a container, reaching 15-18 inches tall by 18-21 inches wide. This is also a great plant for attracting butterflies.

The Cushion Spurge forms a dome or globe-shaped mound. It is a perfect choice for beds, borders, containers, cottage gardens and Mediterranean gardens. It is native to East, Southeast and Central Europe along with Turkey and Libya, and is drought resistant. No need to worry about pesky animals like deer and rabbits in your garden either—the Cushion Spurge is resistant to both.

Cushion Spurge Plant Care

The Cushion Spurge grows best in full sun but appreciates light afternoon shade in areas with hot summers. Avoid too much shade, however. In its native habitat, this plant grows in dry, open woodlands and rocky hillsides, so it does not require a lot of watering to thrive; watering once a week in the summer should suffice. It is tolerant to a variety of poor soils including sandy and rocky. It cannot tolerate water-logged soil, however. Use care if you have children or pets, making sure to keep this plant out of reach. It is extremely toxic to humans and animals.

No special care is needed for this plant. You can cut it back by about a third after flowering to prevent seedlings, however. The cushion spurge does not take well to transplanting after it has established. Damaged stems can be cut off in early spring. Deadheading spent blooms is also recommended, but wear protective gear, as the milky sap from this plant is toxic to skin and eyes. Cushion Spurge doesn’t need a lot of fertilizer, as it can thrive in very poor soils. Fertilizer should only be applied when the plant starts showing nutrient deficiency symptoms on the lower leaves. For instance, when the lower leaves turn yellow, apply a liquid fertilizer at half the recommended strength to the root zone. This should keep the plant healthy for several months. 

Cushion Spurge Plant Spacing

If doing a mass planting, space your Cushion Spurge plants 14-20 inches apart. This is an excellent container plant that can be overwintered with protection. Just make sure to provide a pot with excellent drainage and well-draining soil.

Cushion Spurge Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8
Plant Type: Perennial
Light Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
Mature Height: 15 - 18 Inches
Mature Spread: 18 - 21 Inches
Spacing: 18 - 21 Inches
Habit: Clumping, Mounded
Flower Color(s): Yellow
Flower Description:
Bloom Period: Appear In April
Foliage Type: Evergreen, Deciduous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering, Summer Flowering
Watering: Low
Resists: Deer, Rabbit, Disease, Pests & Insects
Tolerates: Drought
Attracts: N/A
Container Role:
Uses: Borders, Containers
Features: N/A
Common Name: Cushion Spurge
Other Name(s): Cushion Spurge
Scientific Name: Euphorbia polycroma

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

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We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

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Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.