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Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






Skill level


Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii

Plant details

This architectural perennial is perfect for adding a touch of drama to the border. Bluish-green foliage looks fresh all year round, and in early summer it is joined by large, dome-shaped, lime-yellow flowers that tower above it. The bright reds and oranges of kniphofias make perfect partners. Plants enjoy a sunny, well-drained spot, making them the perfect choice for a gravel garden. Cut down the flower stems to ground level as the blooms fade. Be careful when handling the plant as the thick, white sap can irriate the eyes and skin. The Royal Horticultural Society has given itsr prestigious Award Of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Genus: Euphorbia

Species: characias

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Blue-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

Reader reviews


This is a really hassle free plant that gives fantastic drama and a zing of citrus colour to your border. I planted a small one a year ago in a hot sunny border with poor,dry soil. Despite being fried in the sun and covered in snow it has survived, thrived and tripled in size! It looks great with grasses and red / orange roses or other flowers.

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