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Euphorbia characias subsp. characias 'Humpty Dumpty'

spurge 'Humpty Dumpty'

spurge 'Humpty Dumpty'

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  • Other common names spurge 'Humpty Dumpty'

  • Synonyms Euphorbia wulfenii 'Humpty Dumpty'
    Euphorbia 'Humpty Dumpty'

  • Family Euphorbiaceae

  • Genus Euphorbia can be annuals, perennials, shrubs or succulents, with milky sap and small flowers held within cupped, often colourful bracts

  • Details 'Humpty Dumpty' is a compact, evergreen perennial to 60cm, with grey-green leaves and terminal clusters of bright, yellow-green flowers with a dark red eye

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Toxicity All parts are highly toxic by ingestion

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H4

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilSand, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in well-drained, light soil in full sun or semi-shade

Propagation Propagate by division in early spring or take basal cuttings in spring or early summer; dip cut surfaces in charcoal or lukewarm water to prevent bleeding

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Drought Resistant City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden Gravel Garden

How to care

Pruning Cut back flowering shoots to ground level in late summer or autumn

Pests Prone to aphids

Diseases Generally disease free

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