Euphorbia characias wulfenii

Mediterranean Spurge

Boething Treeland Farms grows over 1,200 varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials and specialty plants on ten California nurseries to serve the wholesale landscape and nursery industries throughout the Western United States and beyond.

Plant Type: Perennials / Shrubs

Evergreen-Deciduous: Evergreen

Overall Mature Size: Medium

Also Grown As: Bush

Mature Height & Spread: 2-3' x 1-2'

Natural Growth Habit: Vase

Native To: Europe

Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Water: Low Water

Flower Color: Green / Yellow

Bloom Time: Summer

Special Features: Attracts Birds/Butterflies / Deer Resistant / Drought Resistant

Container Sizes: #1, #5

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone: 6-8

A Bit More

Easily recognizable for its clusters of lime-green blooms, Mediterranean Spurge is a widely-used plant in Mediterranean landscapes. This perennial’s showy color actually comes from cup-like bracts that surround each tiny flower. These flower clusters appear in spring and summer, rising atop upright foliage. A word of caution: the bright flowers, grey-green leaves, and stems of Euphorbia characias wulfenii all secrete a toxic milky sap when cut or broken. This plant should never be ingested. On the positive side, its toxicity is a deterrent to gophers, voles and moles, and some gardeners claim that planting Euphorbia can encourage these critters to set up shop elsewhere. Deer and rabbit resistant. Plant in full sun with good drainage and provide regular water in the hottest months.

A Bit More

Easily recognizable for its clusters of lime-green blooms, Mediterranean Spurge is a widely-used plant in Mediterranean landscapes. This perennial’s showy color actually comes from cup-like bracts that surround each tiny flower. These flower clusters appear in spring and summer, rising atop upright foliage. A word of caution: the bright flowers, grey-green leaves, and stems of Euphorbia characias wulfenii all secrete a toxic milky sap when cut or broken. This plant should never be ingested. On the positive side, its toxicity is a deterrent to gophers, voles and moles, and some gardeners claim that planting Euphorbia can encourage these critters to set up shop elsewhere. Deer and rabbit resistant. Plant in full sun with good drainage and provide regular water in the hottest months.