Euphorbia polychroma 'Bonfire' PP18585 COPF

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

One of the best landscape plants for all-season color. 'Bonfire' PP18585 is one of the most colorful spurges ever invented! The top growth is a fantastic combination of deep purple, red, and orange leaves with a touch of chartreuse, while the undergrowth is green. The foliage tends to deepen to burgundy red at the height of summer. Turns rich red in the fall.

In late spring, crackling sulfur yellow bracts light up the whole plant for several weeks. But really, who needs flowers with foliage like this?!

'Bonfire' PP18585 is a selection from E. polychroma. It was introduced by Blooms of Bressingham®.

Breeder: Mary Ann Faria

Introducer: Blooms of Bressingham®

Origin: Not Native to North America


  18 Inches
  36 Inches
Flower Color:
  Yellow Shades
Foliage Color:
Hardiness Zone:
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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
  Grown for its attractive foliage
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
Drought Tolerant
Salt Tolerant
Specimen or focal point


  Colorado State University "Top Performer" Perennial 2008
  Colorado State University "Top Performer" Perennial 2009

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

In zone 5, Cushion Spurge grows well in full sun. In regions south of there, it is best sited in part shade, avoiding the hot afternoon sun. It prefers average, well-drained soil. After flowering in spring, Cushion Spurge should be cut back to about 4". This will keep the plant more compact and prevent it from splitting in the center.

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.