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Wulfenii Mediterranean Spurge

Euphorbia characias 'var. wulfenii'


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Wulfenii Mediterranean Spurge (Euphorbia characias 'var. wulfenii') at GardenWorks

Wulfenii Mediterranean Spurge

Wulfenii Mediterranean Spurge

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Wulfenii Mediterranean Spurge (Euphorbia characias 'var. wulfenii') at GardenWorks

Wulfenii Mediterranean Spurge

Wulfenii Mediterranean Spurge

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  4 feet

Flower Height:  5 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  7b


An attractive, bold plant for a sunny border; narrow blue-green foliage arranged symetrically will blush with red hues in fall and winter; flower bracts are massed and showy atop the stems; adds a truly exotic dimension to the garden

Ornamental Features

Wulfenii Mediterranean Spurge's attractive narrow leaves are powder blue in colour. The foliage often turns crimson in fall. It has masses of beautiful clusters of red flowers with chartreuse bracts held atop the stems from late winter to mid spring, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Wulfenii Mediterranean Spurge is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Wulfenii Mediterranean Spurge is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Wulfenii Mediterranean Spurge will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity extending to 5 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 8 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Database is an online catalog representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact your favourite GardenWorks location directly for current availability. It does not include our entire inventory of plants, so be sure to visit GardenWorks to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.