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Euphorbia characias 'Portuguese Velvet' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Bushy

Toxicity

All parts are highly toxic by ingestion; sap may irritate skin and eyes

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Green and Yellow in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

spurge 'Portuguese Velvet'

Family

Euphorbiaceae


Euphorbia can be annuals, perennials, shrubs or succulents, with milky sap and small flowers held within cupped, often colourful bracts

'Portuguese Velvet' is a compact evergreen perennial to 60cm tall, with narrow grey-green leaves and cylindrical clusters of dark-eyed, bright greenish-yellow flowers from early spring to early summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained, light soil in full sun

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by division in early spring or take basal cuttings in spring or early summer; dip cut surfaces in charcoal or lukewarm water to prevent bleeding

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden or Flower borders and beds


How to care

Pruning

Cut back flowering shoots to ground level in late summer or autumn

Pests

Prone to aphids

Diseases

Generally disease free