Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii

2 litre pot £11.99
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Buy Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii spurge: Handsome tall evergreen with chartreuse flowers in spring

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: light, well-drained garden soil
  • Rate of growth: fast growing
  • Flowering period: March to May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    This handsome euphorbia has upright stems clothed with whorls of fleshy, glaucous leaves and topped with huge heads of chartreuse-green flowers with bronze 'eyes' from March to May. The Edwardian garden designer Gertrude Jekyll described this sun-loving, evergreen shrub as 'one of the grandest of plants'. Euphorbia characias originates from the Mediterranean, where it is found on dry rocky slopes and scrubland, so it is very tolerant of drought once it becomes established. It forms a natural rounded shape, and brings structure and an architectural quality to the garden. A tall mainstay of the traditional herbaceous border, it's equally at home in a contemporary minimalist or gravel garden. It may self-seed, but plants rarely come true from seed.

  • Garden care: Each stem is biennial, so will produce leaves in its first year and flower in its second. Once the stem has produced a flower it should be cut right back to its base, or to a point where there is new growth emerging, in midsummer. This will make way for lots of new, fresh shoots. When working with spurges always wear gloves since the milky sap is poisonous and a potential skin irritant. Remove seedlings as they appear.

  • CAUTION toxic if eaten/skin & eye irritant
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Eventual height & spread

A showstopper when fully grown!

4

Plant arrived last year in perfect condition, as always, it has settled in well, starting to bush out a little and will have one flower bract soon. As we had such a difficult dry summer am sure with, hopefully, more normal weather this year it will take off and fill out gradually as intended.

Ollie

Devon

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A statement plant with architectural qualities. Fabulous.

5

Starting a garden from scratch. Selected this plant for creating form and structure. Although still quite immature it has established itself well and is starting to grow into a very healthy plant. Very pleased.

Lola Celeste

Worcestershire

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Really good show

5

I have put this plant in a large mixed border

FrankieP

Devon

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healthy looking

5

Bought two of these in the spring. They looked very healthy, and have looked happy in the dry border I planted them in. Looking forward to seeing them flower next spring

Candy

Yorkshire

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euphorbia

5

statement plant for back of border. hoping for great things

lynxsy

newcastle upon tyne

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Growing Beautifully

5

This is going to be a winner in a difficult patch

Rabbi Aaron

Watford

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Euphorbia Wolfe i

5

Dry border with acanthus

Woolly

Bromley

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How close together should these be planted?

stuart

Hello, There are no hard and fast rules as it really depends on the effect you are trying to create.

Helen

Hi, I bought this plant from you two to three years ago. It has grown really well, but has never flowered. There is no sign of flowers yet this year. Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I would love to see it in flower. I've never pruned it. Does that make a difference?

Sarebear

Hello, I am not really sure why your plant is not flowering, but it tends to flower on stems that are produced in the following year - and older stems should be cut back to their base each year. Other factors that may play a part in this lack of flower is insufficient sun or nutrients, so do make sure it gets plenty of sun and a good feed with a general-purpose fertiliser.

Helen

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