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Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii

Family: Euphorbiaceae (yoo-for-bee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Euphorbia (yoo-FOR-bee-uh) (Info)
Species: characias subsp. wulfenii

Synonym:Euphorbia wulfenii
Synonym:Euphorbia veneta

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive nmcnear On May 22, 2011, nmcnear from Novato, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Interesting foliage, bright yellow inflorescences, and easy care make this plant a good addition to many gardens in mild climates... Just make sure to cut off the flowering branches when the seeds are developing to prevent it from spreading! Sticky, irritating sap oozes from the tiniest of wounds to the plant, so use gloves when handling or pruning it.

Neutral HifromPEI On May 22, 2003, HifromPEI wrote:

This plant is very attractive throughout the season but it is very invasive - it has taken over the bed I had it in as well as the one next to it and unlike other invasive plants like orange lantern - it is hard to get all of the roots as they are tiny.


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

Kingman, Arizona
Alpine, California
Brentwood, California
Clayton, California
Eureka, California
Los Angeles, California
Milpitas, California
Novato, California
Pasadena, California
Pittsburg, California
San Clemente, California
San Leandro, California
Santa Cruz, California
Sonoma, California
Woodland, California
Atlanta, Georgia
Gainesville, Georgia
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Tekamah, Nebraska
Roswell, New Mexico
Burlington, North Carolina
Medford, Oregon
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Belton, Texas
Dayton, Texas
Issaquah, Washington
North Bend, Washington
White Center, Washington

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