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Euphorbia mellifera AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Toxicity

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

Resilience

Hardiness

H2 (tender - cool or frost-free greenhouse)

Colour

Flower

Brown in Spring

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

Canary spurge

Family

Euphorbiaceae


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

E. mellifera is a dome-shaped evergreen shrub with narrow, bright green leaves with a pale mid-vein, and honey-scented, brownish flower-heads in late spring

Synonym(s)

  • Euphorbia longifolia Lam.

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained, light soil in full sun in mild areas or in cold areas grow in a container and overwinter indoors (frost-free)

Soil

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

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

Mediterranean Climate Plants, Architectural, Flower borders and beds, Patio/Container Plants or Cut Flowers


How to care

Pruning

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

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free