Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii

Scientific name: Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii

Synonym: Euphorbia wulfenii


Common names: “Spurge” “Mediterranean spurge”

Plant Type: Evergreen shrub


Zone: 7-10

Light: Full sun best – semi-shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Fertile, light to average, even gravelly soil

Moisture: Well drained only, drought tolerant


Plant Size: 4’x4′ H & W

Leaf and Stem shape: Oblong, grey-green leaves

Flower: Large, rounded heads of greenish-yellow bracts and purple-brown nectar glands, 

Pruning: Cut out flowered stems

Maintenance: Low, if transplanted at maturity, it will wilt for a year before straightening out

Landscape use: Drought Resistant Flower borders and beds, Mediterranean gardens, deer resistant garden

Propagate: By division and cuttings, self seeds

Pests & Disease: Generally healthy

*Deer proof

Comments: Buy named cultivars when possible, sap is a phototoxic irritant, especially bad on sunny days, not recommended for gardens with children

Cultivars: E. c. subsp. w. ‘John Tomlinson’ – large cymes, ~AGM winner

E. c. subsp. w. ‘Lambrook Gold’ – very bright, ~AGM winner


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