Euphorbia Blackbird ('NOTHOWLEE' PP17178)

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Spurge-Cushion

Selected for its dark foliage and compact, bushy habit, Blackbird is easily distinguished in the landscape and makes a dramatic specimen in large containers.

Tufts of dark red new growth top the clump of deep purple, evergreen foliage.  UV exposure draws out the purple coloring, so if planted in more shade, the foliage is dark green. 

In late spring, compact racemes of yellow-green bracts are produced on reddish stems just above the clump of contrasting purple foliage.

Intro Year: 2009

Breeder: Discovered by Mark Howard and Simon Leeding at Notcutts Nursery in Suffolk, England

Introducer: Plant Haven®

Parentage: Sport of E. Red Wing

Origin: Not Native to North America


  18-24 Inches
  18-24 Inches
Flower Color:
  Yellow Shades
Foliage Color:
  Purple shades
Hardiness Zone:
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
  Late spring
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Rock Garden


Border plants
Cut flower or foliage
Salt Tolerant
Specimen or focal point


  Plantarium Gold Medal 2004

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

In cooler zones, Spurge grows well in full sun. In warmer regions, it is best sited in part shade, avoiding afternoon sun. It prefers average, well-drained soil. 'Blackbird' typically does not need to be cut back after flowering. At the end of the season, it typically remains standing through the fall into early winter. Cut it back in early spring before new shoots emerge for a better flowering performance.

Use caution and wear gloves when handling this plant; it is POISONOUS if eaten and the sap can be a skin and eye irritant.


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Fun Facts:

Perennial Euphorbias are in the same family as Poinsettias.

While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.