Mediterranean Spurge

Euphorbia characias ssp. wulfenii

Spurge

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A green Euphorbia characias subsp. Wulfenii plant with yellow flowers in a garden
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Euphorbia characias subsp. Wulfenii is a handsome, fast growing, evergreen sub-shrub. Also known by the name Mediterranean spurge and just spurge, it produces thin, oblong-shaped blue-green foliage and dramatic yellow-green flowers in springtime. It has an erect growth habit and doesn't typically branch much, forming tall spires of foliage, topped with bright flowers. Flowers are produced in clusters on rounded, upright flowerheads. The Edwardian garden designer Gertrude Jekyll described this sun-loving, evergreen shrub as 'one of the grandest of plants'. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Division

In early spring.

Cuttings

Take basal cuttings in spring or early summer; dip cut surfaces in charcoal or lukewarm water to prevent sap bleeding.

Special features

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Ground cover

Special features

Origin

The Mediterranean.

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Chalk, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Notes

This low maintenance plant gives architectural structure to Mediterranean or gravel gardens. But can also be used as ground cover.

Personality

Family

Euphorbiaceae

Flower colour

Green, Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

Generally disease free.

Related Problems

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