Euphorbia polychrome ‘Bonfire’ April 2016 Plant of the Month
Now in bloom in my Minnesota garden is Euphorbia polychroma ‘Bonfire’, a perennial that provides a kaleidoscope of color all season. The first act begins in April with sulfur yellow bracts brighting sun-partial shade garden providing a backdrop for spring bulbs. Green leaves then progress through oranges, purples, and pinks before the final act of the season when fall foliage turns rich red. Bonfire is a must have in any perennial garden with its ability to provide color all season long.
BOTANICAL NAME Euphorbia polychroma ‘Bonfire’
COMMON NAME Spruge
DESCRIPTION Herbaceous variety with deep purple foliage through summer into autumn. Sulphur yellow flowers in early spring are actually bracts of the flower.
HEIGHT 18 inches
WIDTH 18 inches
ZONES 4 to 10
EXPOSURE Full Sun to Partial Shade
FLOWER COLOR Yellow
BLOOM SEASON Spring to summer
COMPANION PLANTS Echinacea, Sedum, Panicum ‘Shenandoah’, spring bulbs
GROWING AND MAINTENANCE TIPS Plant in well drained soil, average to rich soil in full sun to partial shade. Shear down 1/3 after blooming to keep neat. Clean up foliage in fall by cutting to the ground.
NOTES Shrub border, perennial garden, bulb cover.