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Spurge

Euphorbia characias

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

9a

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1.5m

1m

Min

1m

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Spurge Overview

This evergreen spurge can get to 1.5 m high. It has blue green downy leaves that smell like coffee and in early spring it produces numerous bright yellow green flowers. 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!

Common problems with Spurge

How to harvest Spurge

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Spurge

Division

Divide clumps in early spring

Cuttings

Take basal cuttings in spring or early summer.

Special features of Spurge

Hedge plant

Other uses of Spurge

This low maintenance plant is drought tolerant and suits gravel, Mediterranean and coastal gardens. It is used to cover banks & slopes as well as planted in beds of informal gardens.

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