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Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii

Spurge

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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

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Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii
  • Common name: Spurge
  • Family: Euphorbiaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial
Flower colour:

Yellow

Foliage colour:

Blue​/​Green

Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii is an architectural perennial, 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. It’s ideal for growing in a sunny border or gravel garden, and is a good planting partner for kniphofias, which bear orange and yellow flowers. 

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For best results grow Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii in moist but well-drained soil, in full sun. Cut down the flower stems to ground level as the blooms fade. Be careful when handling the plant as the thick, white sap can irritate the eyes and skin.

How to grow Euphorbia characias

  • Plant size

    90cm height

    90cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline / acidic

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Prune
Prune

Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do Prune in March

Do Prune in April

Do not Prune in May

Do not Prune in June

Do not Prune in July

Do not Prune in August

Do not Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Euphorbia characias and wildlife

Euphorbia characias has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Euphorbia characias poisonous?

Euphorbia characias can be toxic. Its sap is toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to Horses

Toxic to People

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Livestock

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