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Euphorbia characias var. characias

Spurge

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Features

  • BloomsApril to June
  • Height0.75m to 1.25m
  • Spread0.75m to 1m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourYellow-green, purple centres
  • Leaf ColourMedium grey-green

Description

Euphorbia characias var. characias (Spurge). Bears clusters of narrow, greyish-green leaves. In spring and early summer, dense spikes of pale yellow-green flowers with dark purple centres are borne.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub

Origin

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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