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  • canary spurge
  • Eventual height: 2m
  • Eventual spread: 2.5m

Euphorbia mellifera

canary spurge

RHS award of garden merit £6.99 £5.99
Pot size 9cm pot
9cm pot

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: light, well-drained garden soil
  • Rate of growth: fast growing
  • Flowering period: May to June
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection in cold areas)

    A magnificent, large euphorbia that really makes a dramatic statement in the garden. It has stiff stems strung with whorls of bright green leaves with a white stripe down the centre and topped, in early summer, with small, honey-scented, bronze-tinted flowers. This evergreen shrub is grown as much for its foliage a s its deliciously scented flowers and will thrive in a sheltered, sunny spot. It forms a natural dome shape, and gives structure and an architectual quality to the garden. Try it as part of an exotic scheme as the luminous-green leaves look great with large-leafed plants.

  • Garden care: In autumn cut back the faded flower stems, avoiding new ones. When working with spurges always wear gloves since the milky sap is poisonous and a potential skin irritant. Remove unwanted seedlings each spring as part of routine border maintenance.

  • CAUTION toxic if eaten/skin & eye irritant