Photo: Blackstem Plants
Euphorbia characias ssp wulfenii
If your garden needs a structural element, this large plant is an excellent choice. It forms an imposing evergreen wall that's a great backdrop to less formal plants.
It throws up long erect stems with matt green, fleshy leaves along their length. These are topped in spring by a sturdy inflorescence of greenish-yellow flowers with purple glands. In the middle of the flowers is a bronze 'eye'. Overall very impressive.
Originating from the Balkans, this plant requires Mediterranean conditions, so grow in dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. It dislikes saturated ground or heavy, cold clay.
It has a tendency to self-seed but the offspring are easy to remove. When spent, the flower spikes are best removed to allow for new growth.
All Euphorbias contain an irritant, milky sap so wear gloves when handling.
Moist but well-drained
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