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Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii 'Shorty'

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Euphorbia (yoo-FOR-bee-uh) (Info)
Species: characias subsp. wulfenii
Cultivar: Shorty
Additional cultivar information: (PP19808)
Hybridized by Elsley/Itsaul Plants; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2008

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Cactus and Succulents

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sue820 On Apr 15, 2010, sue820 from Marietta, GA wrote:

I love this plant. Here in Atlanta, it grows about 2' x 2' and is evergreen with no winter damage. It blooms in early spring and has a long bloom time with chartreuse flowers. I have mine in full sun with no irrigation, and I cut the flower stalks back to the main plant (it sends out new growth from the bottom of the plant). I have gotten a lot of compliments on it. It's both beautiful and unusual.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Atlanta, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Cockeysville, Maryland
Seattle, Washington

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