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Euphorbia characias 'Black Pearl'

Milkweed, Spurge

Hardy Perennial

What is Hardy Perennial?

Great plants for a sunny spot

Bright green flowers with black centres, looking like mysterious dark pearls

Its sweet nectar is attractive to insects

Sculptural flowers continue until the first frosts

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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").

Height Up to 60cm (24in)
Spread Up to 60cm (24in)

Hardy Perennial

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full sun


2 euphorbia plants in 1 litre pots (V63546P)
1 x 1 litre potted euphorbia plant (62212)

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.
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.

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Van Meuwen strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. Sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this, so regretfully we are unable to ship live plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3

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