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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

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Euphorbia ‘Frosted Flame’: New this year

Posted by Graham Rice on 14 Oct 2011 at 04:48 PM

Euphorbia amygdaloides ‘Frosted Flame’, a bright and colourful new foliage plant.Variegated and coloured leaved euphorbias have caught gardeners’ imaginations in recent years as fine foliage plants as well as plants for late winter and spring flowers.

The colour range has developed from a selection of variegated forms - some of which, unfortunately, are rather weak and difficult to grow into impressive specimens – to some which feature deep red colouring, especially in the shoot tips and in winter. Now brighter forms are being introduced and Euphorbia amygdaloides ‘Frosted Flame’ is one of the brightest of all.

In summer, its grey green foliage is edged in cream. Then as temperature cools reddish colouring starts to be added, first in the shoot tips and then lower down the plant. Our picture (above, click to enlarge) was shot in April, in May and June the plant is topped with heads of chartreuse flowers.

Reaching about 18in/45cm high in flower, and a little less wide, this is a fine plant to grow as a specimen in a well-drained container, in a sunny but sheltered position. In a pot with a blue glaze it should look stunning. ‘Frosted Flame’ will also thrive in rich but well-drained beds and borders and, again, it appreciates sunshine.

You can order Euphorbia ‘Frosted Flame’ from these RHS Plant Finder nurseries.

Comments

ofous said:

Sorry, but this is just crab. Weak, bad grower. We loose most plants becouse of fungi. Our customers too.

on 07 Feb 2012 at 01:23 PM