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Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii syn. Euphorbia wulfenii

 

Mediterranean Spurge 'Wulfenii'

Original:The long oval leaves of this plant are a darkish green/grey. The bracts or flowers of lime green are typical of Euphorbias and grow in thick clusters and are formed in early summer. New:The Mediterranean Spurge (Euphorbia characias) is an upright evergreen shrub growing up to about 1.2m tall, and has stems with whorls of grey green foliage and each stem. In late spring, early summer, large flowering bracts of lime green appear each with tiny flowers within them also of a greenish yellow colour. This Spurge is native to parts of the mediterranean basin including Portugal, France, and Greece, and appreciates full sun to do well. It is hardy down to -10 °C (14 °F), although prefers to be in a well draining soil and not sitting in too much water over winter. It doesn't require much fertile soil and does well in poor soils. It does spread via underground stems and if left unchecked it can become invasive.

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plant Features
  • Mediterranean Spurge Wulfenii likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Mediterranean Spurge Wulfenii likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Mediterranean Spurge Wulfenii is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Mediterranean Spurge Wulfenii likes free draining

    Free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Mediterranean Spurge 'Wulfenii'

Latin name

Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii syn. Euphorbia wulfenii

type

Evergreens

family

Euphorbiaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Mediterranean Spurge Wulfenii likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Mediterranean Spurge Wulfenii is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Mediterranean Spurge Wulfenii likes free draining

    Free draining

  • Water

    Mediterranean Spurge Wulfenii likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Mediterranean Spurge Wulfenii is 1.00meters x 1.20meters 1.00 M 1.20 M

Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii syn. Euphorbia wulfenii

Original:The long oval leaves of this plant are a darkish green/grey. The bracts or flowers of lime green are typical of Euphorbias and grow in thick clusters and are formed in early summer. New:The Mediterranean Spurge (Euphorbia characias) is an upright evergreen shrub growing up to about 1.2m tall, and has stems with whorls of grey green foliage and each stem. In late spring, early summer, large flowering bracts of lime green appear each with tiny flowers within them also of a greenish yellow colour. This Spurge is native to parts of the mediterranean basin including Portugal, France, and Greece, and appreciates full sun to do well. It is hardy down to -10 °C (14 °F), although prefers to be in a well draining soil and not sitting in too much water over winter. It doesn't require much fertile soil and does well in poor soils. It does spread via underground stems and if left unchecked it can become invasive.


Planting young plants

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

As a general rule, Spurge requires well-drained soil in full sun. They will tolerate shadier conditions, but none of the family is fussy about soil condition. They even thrive in very poor soils and can tolerate periods of drought.

 

Propagation

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Spurge grows quite well from seeds sown indoors in pots. You can propagate Euphorbia more quickly and easily by gathering up the “volunteers” around an established plant. You may also root basal stem cuttings in a soil less medium, such as peat. Keep them lightly misted and enclose the pot in a bag to keep moisture in. Let the pot breathe once a day for an hour, so the soil does not mold. Once the cutting has rooted, you can pot it in regular soil or plant outdoors in moderate climates. One of the more important growing tips for Euphorbia is to let the stem cutting dry for a few days before planting. This allows the sap to form a callus on the cut end and prevents rotting.

 
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