Scientific Name: Euphorbia characias
Common Name: Mediterranean spurge
Family Name: Euphorbiaceae
Origin: Europe
Hardiness Zone: Zone 7: (-18 to -12 °C)
Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Mature Size: 0.7 - 1.3m x 1.0 - 1.5m (height x width)
Habit: Dense, Spreading, Stiffly upright
Form: Mounded, Oval - horizontal
Texture: Medium - fine
Landscape Uses: Cut flower or foliage, Mixed shrub border, Perennial border, Specimen plant, Spring interest
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Rocky or gravelly or dry, Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Spiraled, Succulent, Glabrous, Linear, Entire
Flowers: Cyathium, Yellow, Green, Apr-May
Fruit: Schizocarp, Green, Brown
Key ID Features:
Groups of thick basal stems, when broken, plant exudes white sap that may irritates skin; leaves whorled, linear, grey-green, smell like coffee; inflorescence large yellow-green rises above on tall stalks.