Euphorbia characias syn. Wulfenii, Wulfen’s mediterranian or Albanian Spurge.
An evergreen shrub, ‘one of the grandest of all plants’, Euphorbia characias Wulfenii are the perfect plant to create structure throughout the year in the perennial border. This handsome medium shrub has upright stems clothed with whorls of fleshy, mat grey-green leaves that lend the whole plant a textural quality that is unparalleled. From October to April the plants are topped with broad cylindrical heads of intense chartreuse-green flowers with bronze ‘eyes’.
The plant forms a natural rounded shape, and brings structure and an architectural quality to the garden, while the colour and texture offer almost endless contrast possibilities.
Euphorbia characias originates from the Mediterranean, where it is found on dry rocky slopes and scrub land. These low maintenance plants are equally at home in a contemporary minimalist or gravel garden. They are very tolerant of drought, are hardy to minus 15°C (5°F) and can resist high salinity so are very suitable to a maritime garden.
Full sun – part shade. H x W 1.5mtrs.
As with all members of the Euphorbiaceae, plants and seed are toxic if eaten.
When working with spurges, plants should be handled with care, especially when white sap is showing. Always wear gloves since the milky sap is poisonous and a potential skin irritant. The latex is corrosive to the skin and can cause burns or dermatitis.