Euphorbia characias 'Tasmanian Tiger'

Euphorbia characias 'Tasmanian Tiger'

Evergreen spurge

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Euphorbia characias 'Tasmanian Tiger'
  • Common name: Evergreen spurge
  • Plant type: Perennial
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen

Height: 90cm

Spread: 75cm

Flower colour:
  • Green
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Dramatic foliage, Flowers

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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 ‘Tasmanian Tiger’ has greyish evergreen leaves edged with creamy white, reminiscent of tiger stripes. Conical flowerheads appear in spring, comprising creamy bracts with a green eye.

For best results grow Euphorbia characias ‘Tasmanian Tiger’ 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.

Always wear gloves when working with euphorbias. The milky sap is a skin irritant. 

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Toxic part: Sap
  • Effects: Irritates skin, Irritates eyes, Purgative if ingested, Toxins absorbed by the skin

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