Euphorbia misera

Cliff spurge

Plant Type: Shrub
Sun: Partial Shade, Sun
Drainage: Medium, Well-draining
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 4' X 3'
Santa Clara County Local: No
What do these mean?



Euphorbia is a genus with worldwide distribution, encompassing plants of many different forms. In California it is represented by a few perennials and shrubs. The cliff spurge is most common in coastal plant communities of northern Baja, but is occasionally found in San Diego and Orange Counties and the Channel Islands. It has a very distinct growth form. The waxy, gray stems form a network of angled branches in a rounded, open shrub. The leaves are small and rounded, punctuating the branches with little tufts of two to three leaves. The flowers are intricate little discs of white and maroon, hard to appreciate without a closer look. Cliff spurge will go summer deciduous under drought conditions, but occasional water will keep it green. Freezing temperatures may be problematic, so plant cliff spurge where it can receive some protection from other plants or structures during the winter months. Cliff spurge makes an excellent container plant. Note: the sap of euphorbias is toxic. Avoid contact with skin and eyes.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen