Euphorbia fragifera (strawberry spurge), was introduced to the group by HPS member, Don Witton in 2010.
Don has held a National Collection of hardy forms of Euphorbia in Hartshill, near Sheffield, since 1998.
It is a rare species, native to the Balkans and dates back to pre -1822, when the name was first published.
It is related to Euphorbia polychroma and looks quite similar, but flowers slightly later, in May and June.
It is deciduous,very hardy and grows into a neat round, about 45cm tall. It will tolerate a wide range of soils and aspects, but is stunning in spring sunshine where it displays wonderful yellow flowers for up to six weeks.
Propagate by division in winter or from cuttings in early summer. Remove top growth in autumn new growth should be visible at ground level.
This is a wonderful, easy plant and seems to grow well in Norfolk. The only nursery listed in RHS Plantfinder offering the plant for sale at the moment, is Mr Witton's!
The Conservation scheme involves HPS members in growing these plants and documenting the best way to grow and propagate them. The plants are distributed across the country with many local groups and individual growers being involved.
The scheme is open to all HPS members. More information about the scheme can be found here.
Since the present scheme started in 1998, we have been successful in conserving over 30 plant varieties that are, in our opinion, all worthy of being grown in British gardens. However, there are still a large number of potentially garden worthy plants in need of conservation.
If you are a interested in making this (or any other of our conservation plants) available on a commercial basis, please contact the National Coordinator.