flowering spurge

Euphorbia corollata (flowering spurge) gives a great cloud effect to any garden when it blooms with its branching clusters of stalked flowers.

It is an open land species, preferring drier soils. It is commonly found in prairies and other grasslands, on rocky glades, on the roadsides, old fields, and in savannas and woodlands. The plant is dichotomously branched (repeatedly forked in two) at the top, each final branch ending in a flower cluster. Each cluster holds one pistillate (female) flower and several staminate (male) flowers. While the foliage is normally a shade of green, during the autumn it often becomes an attractive reddish color. Like most members of the family, it produces a milky sap that can be a skin and eye irritant. 


Botanical Name Euphorbia corollata
Common Name flowering spurge
Family Euphorbiaceae
USDA Zone 4 thru 7
Light Requirement Full Sun to Part Sun
Season(s) of interest summer, fall
Height and Spread 2-3ft x 1-1.5ft (60-90cm x 30-45cm)
Flower Color White
Attracts Wildlife Provides Food for Birds, Attracts Pollinators, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores
Additional Information Native to Chicago Region.
Location in Lurie Garden Southwest Light Plate, Southeast Light Plate, Northeast Light Plate, Northwest Light Plate

Average Flowering Time