Common names include Black Purslane, Chickenweed, Eye-Bright, Flux Weed, Garden Spurge, Graceful Sandman, Large-Spotted Spurge, Milk Purslane, and Tropical Euphorbia
Euphorbia ‘Starblast White’
Synonyms of Euphorbia hypericifolia (8) (Updated on 11-22-21 from Plants of the World Online): Anisophyllum hypericifolium (L.) Haw., Chamaesyce boliviana (Rusby) Croizat, Chamaesyce glomerifera Millsp., Chamaesyce hypericifolia (L.) Millsp., Euphorbia boliviana Rusby, Euphorbia glomerifera (Millsp.) L.C.Wheeler, Euphorbia hypericifolia var. maculata Klotzsch, Euphorbia papilligera Boiss.
Euphorbia hypericifolia L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Euphorbia. The genus and species were both named and described as such by Carl von Linnaeus in Species Plantarum in 1753.
As of 11-22-21 when this page was last updated, Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 2,002 species in the Euphorbia genus. It is a member of the plant family Euphorbiaceae with 227 genera. Those numbers could change as updates are made on POWO. The number of species in the genus fluctuates often.
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I bought my Euphorbia hypericifolia ‘Starblast White’ from Wagler’s Greenhouse on June 1, 2014. It was loaded with flowers when I bought and continued to flower all summer right up until frost. I planted it in full sun and it hardly got any additional water all summer. The Starblast Series is available in either pink or white flowers.
Origin: The species is native from South America up to and including some southern states.
Zones: USDA Zones 10-12
Light: Sun to part shade
Soil: Well-drained soil
Water: Average, drought tolerant
Uses: Bedding plants, containers, mixed planters.
I have used this cultivar many times in a friend’s combination planters. They always do great!
There are several cultivars of Euphorbia hypericifolia available including the Proven Winner’s selection ‘Diamond Frost’. Well, it is actually Euphorbia hypericifolia ‘Inneuphe’ but they have renamed it ‘Diamond Frost’ and the patent is pending… Ball Seed Company also has their own cultivar which they are calling Breathless® White Euphorbia and it is patented under the name ‘Balbrewite’ PP21,439. It is the only red-flushed leaf Euphorbia on the market. It has dark green leaves that are flushed with red. Small white bracts flushed with pink cover the plant all season.
There isn’t much on the internet about this species. The link to the Missouri Botanical Garden is for the cultivar ‘Diamond Frost’.
This was a very interesting plant to grow and always loaded with flowers. It remained small the whole time. No matter how hot it was, it continued performing well. I do the planters for a friend and I always use it in some of the larger planters as accent plants if I can find them at the greenhouse. They always look great and perform very well.
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