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EUPHORBIA characias

Commonly known as Spurge, Wolf's milk

Flowers green with chocolate centres
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Available Early Spring 2022 - Spring according to the Met office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore early spring is early March to mid-April. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
individually £12.50 each , 3+ £10.00 each 

Delivery Information Available Early Spring 2022


  • Evergreen - linear to oval, grey-green leaves to 13cm (5in) long.
  • Brown or black - brown centres
  • Green
  • Height - 1.2m (4ft)
  • Spread - 1.2m (4ft)
  • Medium shrub - Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height - upright shrub with biennial shoots and clumps of erect, densely-woolly, purple-tinged stems. Flowers in spherical, terminal cymes 10-30cm (4-12in) long.
  • Hardy - average winter - Hardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
  • Full sun
  • Caution, toxic if eaten, may cause skin allergy or irritant - These plants are toxic if eaten and may also cause a skin allergy, rash, irritation to eyes and skin.
  • Additional Features - Good to know - - cut out flowered shoots if seed is not required. Wildlife plant - insects
  • Pests & Diseases - aphids, grey mould.
  • Place of origin - Portugal, western Mediterranean.
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Leaf margin - Entire - see photos above
  • Leaf shape - Linear - see photos above
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 4
    Suitable for: Deciduous trees and shrubs that flower on current year's growth or are grown for winter stem effect.
    Pruning: Hard prune to a low permanent framework.
    When: Annually in early Spring.

    RHS group 5, 6 & 7
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Soil Conditions - Medium to light, fertile, well drained soil -
  • Wildlife - Bee friendly -
  • Rabbit Resistant
1.2m (4ft)
Medium Shrub - guide for size not form Watering Can
  1.2m (4ft)

Buy Varieties of EUPHORBIA characias

EUPHORBIA characias 'Black Pearl'

EUPHORBIA characias 'Black Pearl'  >

Commonly known as: Spurge, Wolf's milk.
Flowers are greenish-yellow with a distinctive black eye
individually £12.50 each , 3+ £10.00 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant

EUPHORBIA characias 'Silver Swan'

EUPHORBIA characias 'Silver Swan'  >

Commonly known as: Spurge, Wolf's milk.
Dazzling silver variegated foliage and silver variegated flower heads
individually £12.50 each , 3+ £10.00 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant

EUPHORBIA characias 'Tasmanian Tiger'  AWARD

EUPHORBIA characias 'Tasmanian Tiger'  >

Commonly known as: Spurge, Wolf's milk.
A variegated form with a neat shape and one of the most attractive leaf-flower combinations
£12.50 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant

EUPHORBIA characias wulfeni

EUPHORBIA characias wulfeni  >

Commonly known as: Spurge, Wolf's milk.
Extra large flowers, lime-green
individually £12.50 each , 3+ £10.00 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant

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