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Euphorbia characias


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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photo by Dave Zubraski, copyright GAP Photos (334658)

Plant details

This mediterranean sub-shrub is remarkably hardy, and is beautiful all year. The upright shoots are densely set with narrow grey leaves and in spring the cylindrical heads of lime green flowers and bracts are produced. It is essential for any gravel garden.

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Genus: Euphorbia

Species: characias

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Green

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 120cm

Spread: 120cm

Time to plant seeds: October to March

Flowering period: May to June

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