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Euphorbia characias 'Black Pearl'Milkweed, Spurge

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Hardy Perennial
What is Hardy Perennial?
A plant that lives for more than two years.
Capable of withstanding outdoor winter temperatures down to -15C.
1 euphorbia plant in 1 litre pot £7.99 Out of Stock
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Euphorbias are great plants for a sunny spot, making a good show all year round. Euphorbia characias ‘Black Pearl’ is at its most fascinating in spring when tall spires of buds open to reveal bright green flowers with black centres, looking like mysterious dark pearls. These sculptural flowers continue until the first frosts of winter. Mediterranean Spurge, also known as Milkweed, thrives in dry places and will withstand drought. Its sweet nectar is attractive to insects. Height and Spread: 60cm (24").

Alpine & Rockery, Exotic Garden, Wildlife Gardens, Cottage Gardens


full sun

60cm (24in)

60cm (24in)

RHS plants for pollinators

1 Euphorbia Plant In 1 Litre Pot (V63446)
2 Euphorbia Plants In 1 Litre Pots (V63546P)

Water Euphorbia characias plants regularly until fully established. Once established, they are drought tolerant. In summer, cut back faded Euphorbia flower stems to the base to make way for new growth which will flower the following year. Make sure you wear gloves to protect skin from the irritating milky sap. In areas with extreme winters, Mediterranean Spurge is best given some winter protection with horticultural fleece. In spring, apply a mulch of well-rotted manure or compost around the base of the plant. Large established clumps of Euphorbia characias can be lifted and divided in early spring.
Grow Euphorbia characias in well drained, light soil in full sun; they resent winter wet. Mediterranean Spurge is hardy to -10°C (14°F) and is best grown in a sheltered position. Alternatively grow Euphorbia characias in large patio containers of loam-based compost such as John Innes No.3, which can be moved to a sheltered position over winter.


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