Euphorbia griffithii

This is one of the best hardy perennials for any garden, large or small, making its mark in a border or corner bed in early summer. A plant from the Himalayas, it produces red stems up to 30 inches (75 cm) tall, lavishly dressed in narrow, olive-green leaves veined with red. The flowers at the top consist of round clusters of flame-coloured bracts. The finest variety is ‘Fireglow’, which I think looks best in a strong, hot colour scheme, perhaps with the shorter, bushier Euphorbia polychroma, with sulphur-yellow flowers. Perhaps with yellow azaleas. Later, the leaves give good autumn colour.

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