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Euphorbia lathyris

Caper spurge

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height0.3m to 1.5m
  • Spread0.2m to 0.4m
  • Growth HabitBushy oval
  • Flower ColourYellow
  • Leaf ColourGrey-blue green

Description

Euphorbia lathyris (Caper spurge). This species is an upright tall annual/biennial, the leaves are strap-shaped grey-blue-green. The flowers are produced in terminal umbels of yellow bloom in the summer.

Characteristics

Annual or Biennial, Deciduous or Evergreen, Herbaceous

Origin

Europe

Interest and use

Thought to deter moles and has high hydrocarbon content, which means it could be good alternative source of petroleum

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained light soil with a position in full sun.

Propagation

Sow the annual seeds in the spring, the hardy perennial as soon as the seeds are ripe, you can divide the perennials in the spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch out for grey mould, aphids and mealbugs.

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