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Euphorbia 'Helena White'

A thorny evergreen shrub or subshrub with thick, glossy dark green foliage and very spiny stems which helps it to clamber over other plants. Small white flowers with petal-like bracts and yellow centres appear in summer

Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer White Yellow Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H1B
Botanical details
Family
Euphorbiaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
IRRITANT to skin/eye, harmful if eaten. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

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

Name status

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow under glass in a mix of three parts loam based potting compost to one part grit in full light.Water sparingly when in growth applying a low nitrogen liquid fertiliser monthly. Keep dry in winter. See Euphorbia for further advice

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown as soon as ripe at 15 to 20 °C or by cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Sub-tropical
  • Patio and container plants
  • Houseplants
  • Low Maintenance
Pruning

Pruning group 6

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

May be susceptible to grey moulds

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