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Euphorbia characias 10-15cm

Euphorbia characias 10-15cm

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Euphorbia characias, commonly known as the Mediterranean Spurge, is a striking and drought-tolerant perennial plant native to the Mediterranean region. It belongs to the Euphorbiaceae family and is known for its unique and visually appealing appearance. This evergreen plant typically grows to a height of 1-1.5 meters (3-5 feet) and has a bushy, clump-forming habit. The most distinctive feature of Euphorbia characias is its blue-green, lance-shaped leaves that grow densely along upright stems. In the spring, it produces eye-catching inflorescences known as "cyathia," which consist of small, cup-like structures with chartreuse to lime-green bracts that surround tiny, inconspicuous flowers. These inflorescences give the plant a striking and architectural quality. Euphorbia characias is often used as an ornamental plant in gardens and landscaping due to its unique appearance and adaptability to various growing conditions.

Cultivation:

  1. Climate: Euphorbia characias is well-suited to Mediterranean climates but can also thrive in other temperate regions with well-drained soil and ample sunlight. It can tolerate mild frost but should be protected in areas with harsh winters.

  2. Sunlight: Plant your Mediterranean Spurge in a location that receives full sun to light partial shade. It prefers at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily for optimal growth and flowering.

  3. Soil: Provide well-draining soil that is moderately fertile. Euphorbia characias can tolerate a range of soil types, including sandy, loamy, and rocky soils, as long as they have good drainage.

  4. Watering: Once established, Euphorbia characias is relatively drought-tolerant. Water it sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it's essential not to keep the soil consistently wet.

  5. Pruning: Prune the plant in late winter or early spring to remove dead or damaged growth and to maintain its shape. Be cautious when handling the plant, as the milky sap it contains can be irritating to the skin and eyes.

  6. Fertilization: Euphorbia characias generally does not require heavy fertilization. A light application of a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in the spring is usually sufficient.

  7. Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of the plant to help conserve soil moisture, regulate temperature, and suppress weeds.

  8. Pests and Diseases: Euphorbia characias is relatively resistant to pests and diseases. However, keep an eye out for aphids or mealybugs, which can occasionally infest the plant.

  9. Propagation: You can propagate Euphorbia characias from seeds or by taking stem cuttings in the spring or early summer. Allow cuttings to callus before planting them in well-draining soil.

Euphorbia characias is a low-maintenance and visually striking plant that can add a unique touch to your garden or landscape design. Its architectural form and drought tolerance make it a popular choice for xeriscaping and Mediterranean-style gardens.

 

Please be aware that most plants change across seasons. For example, some of them will naturally lose leaves or change in colour during colder months. Do not hesitate to contact us for further informations about the plants of your interest.

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Plant height: 15-30cm

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