Euphorbia oblongata

Euphorbia oblongata is the all round best-looking, longest-flowering foliage plant you can find anywhere in the world. Use it to line your paths in your cutting patch. More
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Euphorbia oblongata is the all round best-looking, longest-flowering foliage plant you can find anywhere in the world. It forms the base of 95% of my floral arrangements, and lines most of the beds in my garden at Perch Hill.

You never tire of their brilliant acid-green flowers and bold, strong shapes. It is really a short-lived perennial, but it flowers best in its first year, so we treat it as a hardy annual.

Please note: This is toxic if eaten. It is a skin and eye irritant.

Genus Euphorbia oblongata
Type Short-lived Perennial (Grown as a Hardy Annual)
Common Name Eggleaf spurge, Oblong spurge
Border Position Front, Middle
Soil Type Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 50cm (20in)
Spacing Thin to 40-45cm (15-18in). 60cm (24in) spread.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow under cover in Feb-April and September. Sow direct or plant out in April and August.
Care Tips Cut stems back as they brown to allow room for new growth. Can withstand a touch of frost and can be sown/planted straight into the ground in the autumn and will keep through the winter without protection. In colder areas you may wish to cover seedlings or keep in a cold frame/unheated greenhouse.
Flowering April - December, 16 weeks from spring sowing of seed.
Vase Life 7-10 days. Soak overnight and sear the stems for 30 seconds to stop the sap leaking out. Take care when picking, wear gloves and avoid white sap which can burn.
Harvesting Flower production: 9 months.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Euphorbia oblongata reviews

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Reviewed 8th November 2018 by Theo

These plants have grown well.

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Reviewed 8th November 2018 by Rosemary

Mostly these have taken off well, though I may have spread them a bit thinly. Those in part shade have done best. Hope they will thrive better next year. Lovely acidic green.

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Reviewed 8th November 2018 by Gillian

Excellent service, prompt delivery and perfectly packed. The seedlings have grown into good size plants which I am still able to pick in November.

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Anita

Very slow growth from these, in fact I am just hoping they survive the winter and flourish next year

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Caroline

I planted the euphorbia seedlings in a pot and they have done very well in this confined space.

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Marion

Were very weak over the summer although weather incredibly hot and dry.

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Reviewed 31st October 2018 by Sarah

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Reviewed 4th October 2018 by Judy

They are on their way, looking good and I am hoping that they will establish themselves in my borders.

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Anna

Performed very well - had a nice display next to dahlias. I really like all euphorbias and always had them in my gardens.
But this time I had a very nasty accident with the sap - possibly due to my sensitive skin. Knowing about the irritant I was wearing gloves but somehow must have accidently touched my lips and eye - my face blew like a baloon.
Perhaps a notice should be sent with the plants.

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Reviewed 21st September 2018 by Marion

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Julie

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Sandra

All items have become lovely developed shrubs

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Marion

They are still struggling to establish themselves. Maybe it was the dry hot summer conditions, will hope for them to improve next year.

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Reviewed 18th September 2018 by SUSAN

The delivery was very good as were the seedlings. I was hoping to use them for a wedding bouquet but having picked it, seared the ends and put it in water I found that when I used it the next day in the trial bouquet it drooped quite quickly. Maybe There is a better Euphorbia I could use ?

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Reviewed 17th September 2018 by Penny

Beautiful healthy plants as usual. Thank you.

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Reviewed 17th September 2018 by ANN

Didn,t really thrive as I had hoped. The hot summer should have made them flourish better as they were watered regularly and in a good spot in the garden.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your Euphorbia and have refunded you for them."

Posted 7th November 2018

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Reviewed 17th September 2018 by Nina

It's much harder to grow these from seed. Having the jumbo seedlings arrive at just the right moment in the spring, meant I could plant them out in exactly the right positions at the front of my tropical-gravel garden. They have bushed out beautifully and framed the pots and exotic flowers all summer.

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Reviewed 17th September 2018 by Margaret

Everything I've purchased from you over the years has been truly exceptional. Strong plants, well packed and quick delivery.
This year the Cosmos has been outstanding and still flowering.

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Reviewed 17th September 2018 by Angie

All,performing well robust and healthy

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Reviewed 14th September 2018 by Rosemary

I ordered these plants last autumn for delivery in spring.They arrived securely packed and I potted them on and kept them in the greenhouse for a few weeks .They thrived and are now very healthy plants and I’m hoping they survive the winter

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Reviewed 14th September 2018 by Marian

Plants establish themselves well, they have survived the very hot dry
summer.

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Sheila

They have been ok and will be better next year I imagine.

One of my Moerheim Beauty helenium did not thrive and died although the other two have been lovely. All grown & cared for together.

Dahlias....gorgeous Totally Tangerine! beautiful Sam Hopkins, but some grow in odd way back to back, unhelpful for flower arranging.The Bp Aukland have not appeared but may have been affected by old dahlias which I thought had died but grew massively to my surprise. All grown in very sunny border. Scura died in a container, just leaves which shrivelled.
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Pelargonium Regalia Chocolate, slow start, fine, will bring in & hope much bigger next year...lovely colour.

Will order my tulips v soon! Our garden is v important as we are elderly & at home all the time.

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Duncan

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Charles

BRILLIANT.PLANTS ARE DOING VERY NICELY

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Jane

No problem with these. All grew well.

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Vita

Brilliant edging plant. Took a while to get going in spring but it is still producing bright green flowers in September, as well as attractive seedheads. Planning to sow some more next spring.
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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Sally

Plants as always a good quality have now planted them on into open beds and are surviving despite the hot weather, should be really good plants by next year

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by David

These were incorporated with all other plants in the same raised bed to divide the courtyard into sitting area and plantings of vegetables.

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Reviewed 4th September 2018 by Susan

Very poor and have not grown

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your Euphorbia oblongata and have refunded you for them."

Posted 7th November 2018

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Reviewed 4th September 2018 by Joan

I lost these during hot weather, could have been my fault

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Pam

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Mrs Duncan

Plant plugs were of a good size and packaging was excellent

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Reviewed 2nd September 2018 by Helen

Growing well, despite the hot, dry summer.

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Reviewed 2nd September 2018 by Jenny

They didn't have much impact but I maybe they were in the wrong place or I did not plant them close enough together .That bed did suffer from the dry weather

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by Jan

Good plants - took t I'm excited to get going but now looking healthy and hopefully around for a few years.

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by Christina

Not particularly impressive.

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by Deanna

For some reason this year they did not flower At All

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear of your disappointment with your euphorbia and have refunded you for them back on to the card that you used when placing the order."

Posted 7th November 2018

Brilliant planted along the border

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Reviewed 12th June 2018 by Anu Bhatt

I bought 10 plants two years ago and they are still going strong after the cold winter lasted year. I left the top foliage on over winter and in March, there were shoots emerging from the base of the plant. So it was easy to prune out the old stems. The plants are all up to full height within a couple of months and blooming beautifully. I’ve ordered more plants to line another border now:)

Brilliant Euphorbia

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Reviewed 10th June 2017 by Sue Clark

I bought 5 seedlings last year out of curiosity really as I'd never heard of this plant, although I have other perennial euphorbias in my garden. Last summer the seedlings all did really well and filled out wonderfully, and to my astonishment, as I thought they should be treated as annuals, went through our Yorkshire winter ! Now they're looking fabulous so earlier this year I sent for another five which are doing well too. I am so pleased with them and being shorter than some euphorbias they're great for providing foliage colour in a vase of summer flowers. Plus I think lime green in a garden is always a bonus. Definitely recommended.

easy to grow outdoors

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Reviewed 15th July 2016 by Sophie Cooke

To begin with, I was a bit disappointed at how slow/patchy the germination was: I was starting them off indoors (just a few), and it wasn't a success. So I took the couple that had germinated, and then also sowed other seed direct into the ground in May. We are in Scotland so maybe this is April elsewhere ;) Completely delighted to find that pretty much all the seed I sowed direct outdoors has now sprouted into pretty lime green plants along my borders.

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Reviewed 5th September 2015 by Lorraine cooper

this is the first year I have grown this and will definitely do so again. It looks great in a vase complementing other cut flowers and lasts really well. It also looks good at the front of perennial beds. It has been a little slow to get going so start early!

Love It!

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Reviewed 2nd August 2015 by Rachel Okwechine

I did order these rather late in the season as seedlings, so they have taken a while to establish & flower, but now they have got going I am so pleased. Lime green is such a great colour anywhere in the garden. I'll be ordering more next year. PS - I've grown mine in pots. They would probably be even better in the ground.