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The Creeping spurge is a striking garden perennial with its distinctive bluish foliage color, elongated stems and chartreuse flowering habit. It is a popular rock garden choice that grows into a dense mat-type plant. It brings color and texture contrast to succulents and flowering perennials in parkways, on slopes and banks, and in Southwestern and Mediterranean style plantings.

Like other species of Euphorbia, the creeping spurge is well adapted to sun and low amounts of supplemental water. Care should be taken when removing old stems to avoid contact with the milky white sap that is highly caustic to skin as well as poisonous.

Water Needs

The Creeping spurge grows well in Inland Empire gardens in areas of full sun and with low amounts of summer water. The chart shown below provides a recommended baseline guide to the monthly irrigation schedule and volume of supplemental water needed to maintain healthy growth throughout the average year. It should be noted there are several months indicated by an asterisk (*) when winter rains can provide sufficient moisture and irrigation is not needed. The high and low range of moisture indicates it can grow with varying amounts of water and you should make irrigation adjustments based on field observations of growth and character. Spring flowering is best following good winter rains; supplemental moisture will help during drought years.

Irrigation Schedule and Graph

Low Water Use Plants

Irrigation Schedule 1

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
Runs per Month 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 1x 0x to 2x 0x to 2x
Inches per Run 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1"
Inches per Month 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 0" to 2" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 1" 0" to 2" 0" to 2"

Range of supplemental summer water: 7"
Range of supplemental winter water: 0"-10"

  Jan* Feb* Mar* Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov* Dec*
For more information on how to use this Irrigation Schedule and Graph, follow this link.

For information how to calculate your irrigation system’s schedule and precipitation rate, please follow this link.

Plant Properties

Plant Type: Perennial
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Trailing, Rigid, Mounding, Dense, Compact
Growth Rate: Moderate
Height: 12 in.
Width: 18 in.
Water Needs: Low 1
Foliage Color: Blue green
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Rocky soil, Calcareous soil
Exposure Adaptations: Wind, Heat, Drought, Cold hardy, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Rock gardens, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Grouped, Foliage accent plant, Flowering accent plant, Container plant, Borders, Small spaces


Prune lightly as needed (D). When pruning any Euphorbia, always wear eye protection and gloves, and avoid contact with the highly irritating white sap. If it gets on you, wash it off immediately (S).



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