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Scientific Name: Euphorbia characias
Pronunciation: you-FOR-bee-uh kuh-RAY-see-us
Common Name: Mediterranean spurge
Family Name: Euphorbiaceae
Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen
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.
Course(s): HORT 2355

Habit: Dense, Spreading, Stiffly upright
Form: Mounded, Oval - horizontal
Texture: Medium - fine
Mature Size:
Height:0.7 - 1.3m
Spread:1.0 - 1.5m
Growth Rate:Moderate
Origin: Europe
Hardiness Rating: Zone 7: (-18 to -12 C)
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium: Rocky or gravelly or dry, Well-drained
Water Use: Low
Landscape Uses: Cut flower or foliage, Mixed shrub border, Perennial border, Specimen plant, Spring interest
Additional Info: Google. Cultivars shown may include E. 'Glacier Blue' and E. 'Black Pearl'.
Mediterranean spurge
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Spiraled
Texture/ Venation: Succulent
Surfaces: Glabrous
Colour in Summer: Bluish, Green
Colour in Fall: Green, Yellow
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Linear
Apices: Acute
Bases: Attenuate
Margins: Entire

Inflorescence Type: Floriferous, Cyathium
Flower Morphology:Monoecious plant
Number of Petals:0
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Showy, Green, Yellow
Flower Scent: None
Flower Time at Peak: Apr, May

Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Fruit Colour: Green, Brown
Fruiting Time:
Additional Info: Fruit insignificant, Mericarps (3) split open to release a single seed

Bark Morphology: Showy, Multi-stem trunk
Bark or Stem Colour: Green
Organ Modifications: Leaf-like bracts

Propagation: Seed, Division - below ground parts
Plant Care:
Other:milk may cause skin irritation
Pest Susceptibility: Fungal leaf spot, Mites, Virus, ( Deer resistant, Rabbit resistant, Drought resistant )
(GAZ) GAZebo
(GAZW) GAZebo West : q.1
(PDW) PonD West : cv. Glacier Blue
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