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Herbaceous Perennial

Euphorbia nicaeensis
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Nice spurge

A bushy, evergreen perennial with leathery, blue-grey leaves, 7cm long, on reddish upright or sprawling stems. From late spring to midsummer it produces yellow-green flowerheads in terminal clusters up to 12cm wide

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Yellow Blue Grey Silver
Summer Green Yellow Blue Grey Silver
Autumn Blue Grey Silver
Winter Blue Grey Silver
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Euphorbiaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Semi evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
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

Correct

Plant range
Mediterranean

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in full sun. See Euphorbia for further advice

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
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

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

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

May be susceptible to a rust

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