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Euphorbia hybrida 'Breathless Blush'

Baby's Breath

Airy Lt Pink Fades to White on Red-Flushed Leaf


Breathless Blush is a great flower to add to any floral environment. Its high versatility makes it a wise choice as a border or edging plant. Create beautiful potted combinations and garden landscapes, or accent floral bouquets with this whimsical beauty. Breathless Blush has a spread of 20-24 inches, requiring a space of 10-12 inches to properly grow and has an optimal height of 8-12 inches.

Breathless Blush features airy light pink petals that fade to white on red flushed leaves. These blooms cover the dark red-flushed foliage all season. The ability to thrive in full or part sun, complement many other plants or flowers, or simply stand alone make it a great choice for your home and garden.

Height: 8-12 Inches

Spread: 20-24 Inches

USDA Zone: Zones 10 - 11

Color: Light Pink, White

Interesting Notes:

Euphorbia is a mounded, warm weather annual and tender perennial. Breathless Blush is the first dark foliaged variety of Euphorbia. This elegant and durable series includes a stunning blush deep green and red-flushed leaves and white with pink-flushed flowers. Heat-tolerant Breathless Blush fills in fast, forming stocky, well-mounded plants, and displays a showy mass of self-cleaning flowers all summer across a wide range of conditions. These long-lasting, free-flowering plants are well suited for a solo feature, or a mixed container combination. They also thrive as in-ground plantings or holiday gift planters, and have low water needs. Euphorbia Breathless Blush is commonly most known as baby’s breath, and is often used as the accent flower to complement roses and other cut bouquets.

Breathless Blush is a well-mounded and compact plant, featuring airy light pink petals that fades to white on dark red flushed leaves. This variety is a compact flower bred by BallSeed. Euphorbia originated in regions of Mexico and Southern to Eastern Africa. It is commonly used for hanging baskets, mass planting,  or to create texture in your garden. The taller and fuller varieties go nicely as mixed fillers in the garden and even in cut flower arrangements. Breathless Blush grows best in average, fertile, well-drained soil, and is a full to partial sun exposure flower. Unique features of this variety include dark green leaves that are flushed with red, and small white bracts flushed with pink which cover the plant all season. Euphorbia also has a long bloom life. Key attributes of Breathless Blush are heat tolerance, drought tolerance, and no deadheading required.

Growing Tips for Homeowners:

As with every plant purchase, it is important to look for quality at the start! During the purchasing process, be sure to avoid plants that look exhausted.  Finding a fresh young plant, without yellowing foliage or dying flowers is very important. Look for rich foliage and healthy vibrant colored flowers as indication of the plant's care thus far. This will ensure an easy start for you, and a long life for your plant.

After locating and purchasing a quality plant at the store, it is important to find the perfect place for it at your home. Euphorbia Breathless Blush is a full sun annual that thrives in the heat. The best time for planting your flower is mid-spring or early summer, after the threat of frost has passed. Be careful not to take your plant outside too early in the spring. If there is still a chance of frost in your area, keep your plant safe indoors, maintaining care in the container. Euphorbia will last from late spring, through the summer, until the finish of fall. They are good pioneer plants in the garden, until other plants become more established.

Euphorbia Breathless Blush is a low maintenance plant that is heat tolerant. While it has a high tolerance level, water application a few times a week is still recommended, and fertilizer or compost application will ensure optimal plant performance. Be sure to apply low to the ground, near the plant’s main stem, avoiding wetting the plant’s foliage, for quick absorption and utilization. It is important to also ensure good drainage in both containers and landscaping, to prevent diseases like root rot. Drainage holes, elevated flower gardens, and proper soil composition are three great ways to prevent root rot and help your plants maintain a healthy moisture level. 

Another great feature of Breathless Blush is their bloom production. These beauties will continuously bloom all season. While the plant does not require deadheading, if your plants start to look messy, feel free to trim them back to keep them tight and well shaped. After pinching back, your plant should begin to bloom again within 1–2 weeks. Feel free to use the trimmings to create a beautiful floral arrangement for your home, as these plants also make great cut flowers.

Preparing the ground for your plants is always an important key to maintaining healthy plants. Pests like slugs and snails can still be attracted to the environment created in a flower garden. Prevention of these types of pests includes clearing the area of holes where such pests can live. Aphids and thrips may also pose a threat to your Euphorbia, but are usually taken care of by predator insects. These tiny pests usually hide on the underside of leaves and are difficult to see because of their small size. 

The earliest prevention against disease and pest threat is careful examination during the purchasing process. It is important to know the difference between harmful pests and beneficial insects. Some insects may lay their eggs on your plant’s leaves in order to feed on the pests, which is actually beneficial to your flower. Removal of the wrong eggs could potentially promote pest survival and growth. This variety is also resistant to deer.

Characteristics & Attributes:


Attributes:

  • Great Foliage
  • No Deadheading
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Mini Flower
  • Cut Flower
  • Profuse Flowering

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant

Design Use:

  • Ground Cover
  • Cut Flower
  • Edging
  • Texture
  • Container
  • Window Boxes
  • Woodland Edge
  • Border
  • Filler
  • Mass Planting
  • Versatile
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Interior Design

Exposure:

  • Full Sun / Part Sun

Foliage Color:

  • Red

Habit:

  • Mounding

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Spring
  • Fall
  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Average
  • Well Drained
  • Dry