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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

Euphorbia characias is a remarkably hardy sub-shrub, bearing soft stems and narrow grey-green leaves that look beautiful all year round. Originating from the Mediterranean, it's found on dry rocky slopes and scrubland. It forms a natural rounded shape and is ideal for growing in sunny herbaceous borders and gravel gardens.

Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii 'Lambrook Gold' is one of the best euphorbias available. An architectural perennial, it's perfect for adding a touch of drama to the border. Bluish-green foliage looks fresh all year round, and in early summer it's joined by large, dome-shaped, lime-yellow flowers that tower above it. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

For best results grow Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii 'Lambrook Gold' in well-drained soil in full sun. In summer, prune spent flowering stems down to the base of the plant to encourage a second flush.

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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