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Euphorbia mellifera

Honey spurge

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Key information

Plant type

Tender perennial

Flower colour



Dramatic foliage, Scented flowers


Half hardy

Skill level


Euphorbia mellifera

Plant details

This evergreen shrub is highly valued for its attractive narrow green leaves with pale cream mid-ribs. Brownish, honey-scented flowers appear in late spring. Hardy in sheltered areas but needs protection from cold winds. Cut back to the ground before winter frosts.

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Genus: Euphorbia

Species: mellifera

Plant type: Tender perennial

Flower colour: Brown

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Dramatic foliage, Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 250cm

Spread: 250cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Reader reviews


I had a lovely euphorbia and wish I'd seen this before the winter and cut it back as suggested. The cold weather earlier this year did it in, oh well I'll have to replace it and next time follow the advice on this site.


Despite the garden going down to -7, my Euphorbia Mellifera, on the coldest, frostiest corner, is in full flower! The 3 foot high shoots are covered in flowers and bees and flies. It smells like mead, and I love it. All the long shoots have flowers and they seem to have protected the crown as it has a mass of new shoots coming from ground level.

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