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Make a blah border go from fizzle to sizzle with our charismatic Ascot Rainbow Flowering Spurge. This spunky Spirit offers striking evergreen foliage that’s edged with a generous margin of sunny yellow. When temperatures drop, the show gets even better—the leaves become infused with hints of pink, red, and orange. In spring, you’ll enjoy yet another winning feature. Cream and lime-green flowers with red eyes arise, lasting for many weeks. Plant Ascot Rainbow in your entryway garden or in a pot by your front door, where it will enchant your guests at any time of the year!
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
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Ascot Rainbow Flowering Spurge has travelled around the world in order to grace your landscape. This exciting introduction is a selection of Martin’s Spurge from Europe. Martin’s Spurge was discovered in southern France in the late 1800s and is a naturally occurring hybrid between two Spurges that grow there, the Wood Spurge and the Mediterranean Spurge. In 2005, a sharp-eyed Australian named David Glenn happed to find a single variegated branch on one of his Martin Spurge Spirits at his nursery in Victoria. From that one branch has arisen every Ascot Rainbow Spurge ever grown.
All Spurges (including Poinsettia, which is a kind of Spurge) have a milky sap that can cause itching and burning on contact to those with sensitive skin. Wear gloves when handling Ascot Rainbow Flowering Spurge. Be very careful not to touch your face or rub your eyes while pruning it, and warn children about the potential dangers of this plant.
How to Grow
Plant Ascot Rainbow Flowering Spurge in a sunny site in loose soil that drains quickly (no sticky clay). If your soil is heavy, consider keeping Ascot Rainbow in a pot. This Mediterranean native is adapted to poor soil, so apply only low doses of fertilizer when needed. Too much nitrogen will cause lanky growth and will also reduce the amount of red coloration that appears in the leaves with cold weather. Trim off the spent flowering stems when they become unattractive, being careful to keep the sap from touching your skin if you are sensitive to it.
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