Euphorbia rigida

Gopher Plant

Evergreen Perennial

Architectural and beautiful blue-green foliage is topped by lime green flowers starting in spring and continuing into early summer. The blooms often take on rosy tones as they age. When they're no longer pleasing, cut spent blooms to the base to freshen the plant. A caution: be very careful of its milky sap when working around it, be sure to protect your eyes, skin and never ingest. Extremely easy to grow, this drought-tolerant and deer-resistant perennial hails from Mediterranean climes and is a good match for Pacific Northwest gardens.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

Exposure: Afternoon Sun, Reflected Heat

Water Needs: Drought-tolerant, Low, Occasional


Size: 18 - 24 tall x 18 - 24 wide
Shape / Form: Clumping
Foliage Texture: Bold, Medium
Foliage Quality: Bold, Medium

Features: Drought-tolerant / Water wise, Attractive Foliage, Long Blooming, Low Maintenance, Winter Interest, Year-round Interest

Foliage Color: Silver / Gray

Flower Color: Yellow / Gold
Bloom Season: Spring
Flower Shape: Cluster

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Beds and Borders, Groundcover, Hell Strip
Special Situations: Deer Resistant, Low Water / No Water
Wildlife: Deer Resistant

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Year-round Interest
Plant Behavior: Potential Skin Irritant, Re-seeds in some conditions
Collections: Plants That Earn Their Keep

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: medium

Plant Combos