EUPHORBIA characias

Commonly known as Spurge, Wolf's milk

Flowers green with chocolate centres
Further Reading....
  • 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)
    Borderline
  • Full sun

EUPHORBIA characias

 
Available again from summer 2024 - Could be any time, June through to end August. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
individually £12.50 each , 3+ £10.00 each 
Delivery Information Available again from summer 2024

 

  • 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
    Fully hardy
    Borderline
  • 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.

  • Seasonal Interest
    Autumn
    Spring
    Summer
    Winter
  • Soil Conditions
    Medium to light, fertile, well drained soil
  • Toxic - Category B - CAUTION
    Skin & eye irritant
    People and pets, i.e. cats, dogs, rabbits, rodents
    Toxic if eaten
    People and pets, i.e. cats, dogs, rabbits, rodents
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
    Rabbit Resistant
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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'

Spurge, Wolf's milk

flowers are greenish-yellow with a distinctive black eye

 
individually £13.50 each , 3+ £11.00 each 
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Available again from summer 2024 - Could be any time, June through to end August. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
EUPHORBIA characias 'Silver Swan'

EUPHORBIA characias 'Silver Swan'

Spurge, Wolf's milk

dazzling silver variegated foliage and silver variegated flower heads

 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only Gift-wrapping available
£13.50 £10.80 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant
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EUPHORBIA characias 'Tasmanian Tiger'

EUPHORBIA characias 'Tasmanian Tiger'

Spurge, Wolf's milk

a variegated form with a neat shape and one of the most attractive leaf-flower combinations

 
individually £13.50 each , 3+ £11.00 each 
Notify me when this plant is available to order
Available again from summer 2024 - Could be any time, June through to end August. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
EUPHORBIA characias wulfeni

EUPHORBIA characias wulfeni

Spurge, Wolf's milk

extra large flowers, lime-green

 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant - UK Delivery Only Gift-wrapping available
individually £13.50 each , 3+ £11.00 each 
Gift Wrapping available on this plant

Useful extras...

Fertilisers & Feeds - Vitax
Q4 Pelleted Fertiliser
A useful fertiliser suitable for use on a wide variety of plants. Q4 provides all the nutrients and trace elements essential for vigorous growth, abundant flowering and ripening of fruit.
3 options from £6.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Afterplant - Grow Your Own
AFTER PLANT GROW YOUR OWN seaweed is ready to use liquid concentrate that was specially formulated be used on all edible plants.
Only £8.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Afterplant - Tomatoes
AFTER PLANT TOMATO FEED Liquid Concentrate with Bio stimulant is a high potash liquid concentrate containing seaweed extract, plant derived amino acids and other nutrients specifically formulated to benefit tomatoes and greenhouse plants.
Only £8.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi
Recommended by the RHS. Contains Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. Suitable for all trees and shrubs (except rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries)
3 options from £3.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow Ericoid mycorrhizal fungi
This specially adapted Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi will boost the growth of acid-loving plants like rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers and blueberries. It contains ericoid and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, which are found in poor acidic soils where ericaceous plants naturally grow.
Only £7.50

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.
Only £7.50

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