Spurge

Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii

Spurge - Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii

Common Name: Spurge
Genus: Euphorbia
Species: characias subsp. wulfenii

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: A good architectural plant, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 1.20 m (120 cm)

Foliage Type: EvergreenFlower Colour: Bronze, Green, Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: March to May

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

This handsome Euphorbia has upright stems clothed with whorls of fleshy glaucous leaves and topped with huge heads of chartreuse-green flowers with bronze 'eyes' from March to May. The Edwardian garden designer Gertrude Jekyll described this sun-loving evergreen shrub as 'one of the grandest of plants'. Euphorbia characias originates from the Mediterranean where it is found on dry rocky slopes and scrubland so it is very tolerant of drought once it becomes established. It forms a natural rounded shape and brings structure and an architectural quality to the garden. A tall mainstay of the traditional herbaceous border it's equally at home in a contemporary minimalist or gravel garden. It may self-seed but plants rarely come true from seed.

  • 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. Remove seedlings as they appear.

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