Euphorbia characias

Euphorbia characias Glacier Blue

Euphorbia characias 'Glacier Blue'

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Euphorbia characias 'Glacier Blue'
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(Euphorbia characias Glacier Blue)
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Genus:  Euphorbia

This upright, evergreen shrub has stunning texture and form. Its gray-green leaves and woolly, purple-tinged stems form billowy, 4-foot long branches. From early spring to early summer, it produces giant cylindrical bract clusters in yellow-green with purple-black nectar glands, and creates a specimen that looks otherworldly.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Milky sap may cause irritation to skin and severe discomfort if ingested.

Care: 

The taproot is tolerant of a range of soils, but resents transplanting once established. 

Propagation: 

Sow seed when ripe or in spring at 59° to 68°F.

Problems: 

Nematodes, spider mites, aphids, mealybugs, fungal and bacterial diseases.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Early Spring,
Early Summer,
Late Spring,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Yellow
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Screening,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Winter Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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