A favorite of gardeners in mild-winter regions, usually used as a specimen plant or focal point in the winter and early spring border. Plants form an upright, bushy mound, the stems surrounded with leathery blue-green leaves that remain evergreen. Huge clusters of greenish-yellow flowers open in very early spring, contrasting beautifully with the foliage.
A unique, bold sculptural plant. In colder regions, this may be grown in a container and brought indoors to a cool, bright spot in winter. In Autumn, their narrow green leaves turn shades of red, orange, and yellow.
Common Name: Mediterranean spurge Botanical Name: Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii Form: upright with a rounded canopy Family: Euphorbiaceae Genus: Euphorbia Species: characias Plant Type: herbaceous perennial, evergreen where winters aren’t harsh Mature Size: 2 - 3ft x 1.5 – 2’ Growth: fast Origin: Southern Europe Hardiness Zone: 6 to 9 (winter protection in Zone 6) Foliage: narrow, linear grass shaped with a blue-green hue up to 5” long that spirals around the stems like a bottlebrush Flowers: chartreuse (greenish-yellow), lack petals but have yellow bracts Fruit: Stems: succulent stems that bleed a white milky sap that is a toxic irritant Exposure: full sun best Soil: prefers a drier well-drained soil, dislikes heavy clay and wet soils Propagation: herbaceous cuttings
Pruning: Remove flowers at their base after flowering to allow space for new stems. ot is ideal to be used for low shank sewing machines which usually have a Vi to Vz - inch length from the screw hole down to the bed of the shank. You can measure your length of yours and then decide on all the fabrics that you want to sew using this.