Wood spurge

Euphorbia characias subsp. characias 'Humpty Dumpty'

Wood spurge - Euphorbia characias subsp. characias  'Humpty Dumpty'

Common Name: Wood spurge
Genus: Euphorbia
Species: characias subsp. characias
Cultivar: 'Humpty Dumpty'

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Green
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: March to May

Soil Type: Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

A compact form of Euphorbia with greyish-green lance-shaped leaves that grow in rosettes along stiff stems. In spring the flower shoots curl over before straightening and opening into clusters of bright apple-green spring flowers. This shrub forms a neat rounded shape and the fleshy foliage provides all-round structural interest. It looks great in a sunny border with blue and gold planting schemes or with architectural plants. Where frost is a problem plant close to the base of a sunny wall.

  • Garden care: To promote new shoots remove flower-heads in spring after they have flowered. When working with spurges always wear gloves since the milky sap is poisonous and a potential skin irritant.


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