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Euphorbia dulcis 'Chameleon'

Euphorbia dulcis 'Chameleon'
Foliage in late April
chameleon spurge
Foliage in late July
Euphorbia dulcis 'Chameleon'
Late May

Common name chameleon spurge
Family euphorbiaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers yellow
Size 12"
Light sun
Cultural notes not fussy
From seed self-seeds modestly in our garden

Easy-growing perennial whose best features is its early-season foliage color, with burgundy shifting into deep green. It really sticks out in early spring, when it is the first thing to emerge in the border along our driveway, which is still covered in fall leaves at that time. Yellow flowers appear a bit later in spring. By mid-summer, the burgundy makes way for a more even green coloration, and the plants are content to fade into the background:
still holding up its own, but no longer stealing the show.
In our garden, this spurge self-seeds modestly - there are always a few to pot up for the sale, and a few to keep our own supply going. But it's nothing like some other spurges, whose prolific volunteering habits can get annoying at times.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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