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Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii 'Lambrook Gold'


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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Yellow, Green





Skill level


Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii 'Lambrook Gold'

Plant details

This is a highly architectural plant with evergreen foliage topped by a huge dome of bright golden-green flowers, which last for months. It revels in well-drained conditions, and like many euphorbias enjoys hot dry positions. It looks most at home in the company of other plants that enjoy dry sun, such as rosemary, ballota, and purple sage, its natural companions in a wild Mediterranean habitat. The plant also teams well with daffodils. Alternatively plant in groups to add drama to rock and gravel gardens. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Genus: Euphorbia

Species: characias

Cultivar: Lambrook Gold

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow, Green

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Time to divide plants: March to April

Reader reviews


I love this Euphorbia - I have 5 plants in a lightly shaded border and they look amazing from early spring till at least mid June when they are in flower. I get lots of compliments from passers-by as the huge limegreen flowerheads are eye-catching and very attractive. In hot direct sun, they are less lush but still look good, just for a shorter period. For the rest of the year the Euphorbia's in my lightly shaded border look lush and almost tropical! Easy to maintain and prolific self seeders!

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