This sturdy sub-shrub is a perfect cushion plant for the front of a mixed border or shrub bed. It is always handsome, being evergreen and prolific of sulphur-yellowon red stalks in spring. When the brilliant have faded, they do not drop, but turn first green and later tawny red, adding colour to the garden in autumn; there is no need to cut them down until mid-winter, (What look like yellow petals are, technically, bracts, but this is immaterial to the non-botanical gardener.) The plant is hardy, reliable, and a weed-suppressor. It is sometimes listed as E. epithymoides.
There is a strong case for having cushion plants in the front of a bed, for they always look neat and save a lot of weeding, and the rounded shapes of sedum, alchemilla, epimedium and this euphorbia make a substantial foreground to the spires of summer perennials which will follow. Large adjoining clumps of E. polychroma and one of the epimediums, planted 3 feet (90 cm) apart, would give some pleasant russet foliage in autumn, for the narrow euphorbiaturn red and those of the epimedium bronze.