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Euphorbia characias

Spurge

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Features

  • BloomsMay to August
  • Height1m to 1.2m
  • Spread0.8m to 2m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourYellow-orange
  • Leaf ColourMedium grey-green

Description

Euphorbia characias (Spurge). This is a shrubby perennial with unusual flowers of deep rich green which are usually cup-shaped and held in large clusters. They are often used as an ornamental accent in both formal and informal gardens.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub

Origin

Mediterranean and Southern Europe

Interest and use

Border, hedging, edging, foliage, ornamental.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilChalky
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

They are hardy and evergreen. Watch out; they are poisonous and allergenic.

Propagation

This sturdy perennial does not like to be disturbed once it is established; any division or transplanting should be done when this plant is very young.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Milky sap may irritate skin. Grey mould and mealy bugs may be problematic.

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