Euphorbia dulcis ‘Chameleon’ is looking good right now in the Fairegarden. Very, very good. A previous post about it was written a few years back, click here for more information about this good looking if somewhat overly eager self sower.
True to its name, the colors of this sprawling, evergreen Euphorbia come in a wide range. They continue to change as the temperatures move to chilling frostiness. During the warm months, they are shades of reds, purples and greens with the occasional pinky. Right now, early December, they are standouts in the garden.
Two pots of Euphorbia dulcis ‘Chameleon’ were purchased to be part of the initial pond planting in 2000. They were set in the ground on either side at the top, pond side of the two threadleaf Japanese maples.
Short lived perennials, those two parents are long gone, but their offspring now inhabit the entire pond area and beyond. They play well with others, especially equally aggressive plants such as the self seeding Helleborus orientalis.
Admittedly, some of these get pulled out rudely, roots and all, although it is difficult to get every bit of the root, and that has turned out to be for the best. In spring, the colony of Chameleon along the forty foot wall behind the main house gets cut to soil level to allow the spring blooming bulbs to have the stage to themselves. It grows back quickly.
This is the perfect back up singer plant to the headliners, (Spiraea ‘Magic Carpet’ looking ravishing before going naked for winter), whatever they may be, and are even allowed the spotlight solo on occasion. At one time, when control was higher up on the list of garden philosophy, Chameleon was not revered as it is now. That was a mistake and has since been rectified.