How to care for cypress milkweed

Euphorbia Cypress is a unique perennial grass that differs from the others in small-sized needles-needles. The genus of milkweed includes a large number of plants that have similar properties. Decorative characteristics are inherent in it, therefore flower growers quite often grow them on personal plots or in decorative stone gardens.

Euphorbia cypress

The main characteristic of grass

Euphórbia cyparissias - such is the name in Latin of the Milkweed Cypress, which is often used in the scientific industry. This plant is quite widespread in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, the central part of Russia also falls into this list. Even Milkweed Cypress has a number of features that distinguish it from other plants:

  1. This herbaceous perennial is called Kiparisovym because it has stem leaves similar to needles of needles. They are almost identical to each other, sit along the entire length of the leaf, and this is up to 2.5 cm, their width is 0.5 cm. The main difference between these needles and conifers is that the cypress tips are blunt. Euphorbia cypress has scaly grassroots and greenish-gray or green leaves.
  2. On average, the height of the bush is 30-50 cm.
  3. The stems of the bush are very branched, especially at the base, most often their thickness is half a centimeter. Above the branches there can be from 2 to 10 peduncles, all the rest are included in the category of “non-flowering”.
  4. It is characterized by a branched creeping root system.
  5. Propagation of milkweed cypress occurs or 1-2 times in 12 months. It all depends on environmental conditions. The first flowering begins in late spring, the second - in the fall, in September. During this time period, a perennial shrub becomes like a small plush ball of pink or yellowish hue (flowers are of this color). Of these, a little later, small fruits appear - trihedra, which have a tuberous surface and an ovoid shape.

Many gardeners are making efforts to grow Cypress Euphorbia in the garden, in the park, on the site, etc. At the same time, people working in the garden or field rank this bush as a weed, so they try to remove it as soon as possible using all kinds of methods: removal, spraying with herbicides.

Growing rules

Planting and caring for Milkweed Kiparisov does not require special skills from the gardener. The grass calmly tolerates subzero temperatures and spring-summer drought, so it is extremely easy to grow. To make sure how colorful and surprisingly beautiful the bush looks in the gardens, you need to view photos of stone structures and slides.

Landscaping architects and gardeners often dilute euphorbia with other flowers, herbs, and bushes. This is necessary so that the overall picture is truly unique. But during the creation of this piece of paradise in the house, you need to consider that this perennial shrub not only adapts well to environmental conditions, but is also quite aggressive, so professionals recommend that you limit in advance the place where the Euphorbia will be planted, because the bush can easily survive everyone their neighbors, and this will greatly affect the original idea of ​​planning the garden.

Landing and caring for Milkweed Kiparisov must be carried out, observing some simple but effective rules:

  1. Earth. The ideal soil for this shrub is black soil. In addition, the plant survives well on stone or sandy ground. If the gardener was going to plant Cypress Euphorbia in the garden or on an alpine hill, then it is first worthwhile to prepare a substrate from the earth, compost, peat and add all this with sand.
  2. Temperature. This plant is not afraid of either heat or slush. Cases were recorded when, with proper planting and care, the plant also survived at -15-20 ° C.
  3. Lighting. It is not recommended to plant the plant in the shade, since over time the stems will begin to change (thin), the bush will simply lose its decorative function.
  4. Top dressing and watering. This procedure is necessary in order to enhance the decorative characteristics of a perennial shrub. If the planting was done correctly and the gardener properly organized the care of the plant, as a result it will become beautiful, bright and lush. The main thing is that he does not need additional top dressing.

Breeding culture

Cypress euphorbia is an ornamental succulent herb in which reproduction occurs through seeds. To grow a new shrub in the spring, in the fall, the gardener performs the planting of seeds in open soil.

Another type of milkweed propagation is by cuttings. Cuttings are one of the central methods of the vegetative type of propagation, which allows you to grow a plant that a person needs in a relatively short time period and without any special financial costs, if he previously acquired the shoot of this very bush, tree or flower.

Most often propagated by stem and less often - root cuttings. Recently, this method is gaining popularity and occupies a leading position among the main in the cultivation of ornamental plants. It is very important to find out when is the most favorable time for the start of cuttings. This method is not used very often in the case of a cypress shrub, because the seeds give normal seedlings.

Bush pruning

If the grower uses cypress euphorbia as an ornamental plant in the garden (photo examples can be found on the net), then care must be taken to ensure that it fully matches and complements the overall picture. If you do not take care of the bush (do not prune it on time), it will grow throughout the district in a minimum period and will become a weed.

The main condition for the procedure is as follows: the gardener must be wearing gloves. Pruning or vegetative propagation of the shrub is not safe, as the plant secretes euphorbia. This is the name of a fairly strong poisonous juice. If a person recovers from him, the following symptoms will begin to appear:

  1. Abdominal pain.
  2. Malfunctions of the heart (tachycardia).
  3. Nausea accompanied by vomiting.
  4. Disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.
  5. If it gets on the skin, small burns, blisters and redness may appear, in addition, a person will feel a strong burning sensation in this place.
  6. Avoid contact with eyes, because then temporary blindness may develop.

Use of grass in alternative medicine

This plant is widely used in medicine, as it is well known to all its medicinal characteristics. Decoctions made from it are used as an anesthetic, choleretic, diaphoretic, emetic and diuretic. Plus, ancestors used it to treat wild dog bites. At present, Euphorbia can be found in the composition of products for the care of their appearance, they are removed on the face of freckles, warts, age spots and lichen.

To create a decoction, you need to take 5-10 g of bark and ground root and boil everything in 0.5-1 l of water. Since the grass is poisonous, ingestion, prescribed for stimulation or toning, must be strictly dosage. A decoction is consumed before starting a meal with 1 large spoon. An overdose of a substance is fraught with negative consequences. You need to know that euphorbia is forbidden to use during lactation and during pregnancy.

If a person is tormented by severe headaches, cystitis and frequent bleeding, alcohol based tinctures can be taken. The main thing is to use them as an aid. Shredded roots, in a certain proportion, insist on vodka for at least 9-10 days. The optimal course of treatment is 3-6 months, the medicine is used in increasing order: first from 1 to 30 drops, then in the reverse order.

This medicinal plant is also used to treat oncology, because it quickly restores defenses and immunity in a short time.

Grass harvesting

Since the cypress bush is most often used in the decorative direction, there is no need for harvesting as such. But if a person uses it for medical purposes, you need to have time to complete the workpiece.

To do this, during flowering, the ground part of the grass is collected, dried in a dry, but normally ventilated room. The root is harvested in the autumn, when the ground part fades. It must be washed, poured with boiling water and only then dried.


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