Euphorbia ‘Starblast White’
Euphorbia hypericifolia L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Euphorbia. It was first described by Carl von Linnaeus in Species Plantarum in 1753.
Common names include Black Purslane, Chickenweed, Eye-Bright, Flux Weed, Garden Spurge, Graceful Sandman, Large-Spotted Spurge, Milk Purslane, and Tropical Euphorbia.
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: 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.
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 will buy another plant if I see them again. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. Please click on the “Like” below if you have visited this page. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. 🙂