Star Plant of the Show22nd May 2013 • General • Stephanie Donaldson
There’s always a plant that appears in several show gardens and catches my eye. Last year it was Silene fimbriata, a dry-shade-loving campion with frilly-edged white flowers, that is now thriving in my garden. This year it’s Euphorbia x pasteurii which is a cross between the lovely, honey-scented but large Euphorbia mellifera and the handsome Euphorbia stygiana. As a bit of a fan of euphorbias, I have both growing in my garden, as well as E. palustris, E.myrsinites and E. schillingii, so even now one of the many seedlings around the garden may be a naturally occurring x pasteurii , but just in case it isn’t, I’m getting my order in now. I asked Peter Clay from Crocus about it and he said it has all the virtues of mellifera but is more compact with a more open flowerhead. While not entirely hardy, if you can grow mellifera without losing it, you will be able to grow x pasteurii.