Mediterranean spurge

A beautiful shrub - hardy and tough.
Common name : Mediterranean spurge
Scientific name : Euphorbia characias
Family : Euphorbiaceae
Category : Perennials
Type of plant : Perennial
Sun loving
Sun loving
Rough 'n tough
Rough 'n tough
Euphorbia characias - the Mediterranean spurge - is an upright, compact evergreen shrub growing to 1.2 m (3 ft 11 in) tall, with many woolly stems. Garden cultivars are found under the names ‘Black Pearl’, ‘Thelma's Giant’, ‘Lambrook Gold’, ‘Silver Swan’ and ‘Tasmanian Tiger’, coming in a variety of colors, from silvery grey and bluish green to greenish yellow. It is a tough plant, drought-tolerant, and also resists high salinity.

Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
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Frost-resistance High
Zone USDA 7a
Height 60 - 120
pH 7 - 8

Plant my mediterranean spurge

Avoid too rich soils. Euphorbia is growing fast! Prepare the soil by digging (to decompact without necessarily turning it, with a fork or a grelinette), scratching and raking. Plant the perennials at a spacing of 1/3 of the adult height between plants. Tamp the soil to not let air in contact with the roots, then water abundantly.

Water my mediterranean spurge

Watering is important, especially during vegetative growth. During spring and summer, water once or twice a week. Always water adult plants a lot, and unfrequently; the plant will develop a better root system if it has to often fetch its water deep.Water until the water you pour does not rush into the ground, and forms a small puddle. Unless otherwise specified, do not wet the foliage: plants "drink" by their roots.

Weed my mediterranean spurge

Avoid hoeing the soil too close to euphorbia strains because their roots are fragile. In the case of perennials, weeding also means arbitration in your massif; do not let the most vigorous develop at the expense of the slower ones.

Propagate my mediterranean spurge

Propagation of shrubby euphorbia is by stem cuttings from March to June. If possible, keep warm (above 20 ° C), with a good humidity, and take only the still green / non-lignified end of the stems, which will be more apt to form new roots.

Mulch my mediterranean spurge

Mulching the perennial plants will save you from watering and weeding and will even fertilize the soil a bit as it decomposes. You can choose a mineral mulch for plants that prefer dry soil, such as spurge.

Cut down my mediterranean spurge

The regular pruning of euphorbia is not essential. However, we can cut down the stems in spring or fall, to limit the development of the plant. Trim right after the end of flowering to prevent seeds from sowing spontaneously. Simply cut the flower stalks about 5 cm above the ground.

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