Euphorbia characias ssp. wulfenii
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!
Generally not harvested.
In early spring.
Take basal cuttings in spring or early summer; dip cut surfaces in charcoal or lukewarm water to prevent sap bleeding.
Attracts useful insects
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
This low maintenance plant gives architectural structure to Mediterranean or gravel gardens. But can also be used as ground cover.
Generally disease free.