UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
University of California
UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

Water Wise Plants

Euphorbia myrsinites

yew-FOR-bee-ah mur-sin-ee-teez
Common Name
Creeping Spurge
Plant Type
Mature Size
6 - 12 in. tall and 12 in. wide
Water Requirements
Low: water every three weeks until the root ball is wet
Sun/Shade Requirements
Full to half sun
Flower Color
  • Deer resistant
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips

Euphorbia myrsinites has a wonderful texture as you can see from this picture. It makes a good ground cover for dry areas.

Like all the Euphorbias, these plants have very showy flowers in the spring. Be sure to cut off the flowering stalks to the base before seeds develop. These plants will reseed vigorously if you do not deadhead. When deadheading, be sure to leave the new growth intact. These will be next spring's flowers.

Take care when you cut Euphorbias. They have a sap, which can be very irritating to the skin.

Top of page

Webmaster Email: webmaster-mgsantaclara@ucanr.edu