For years, we struggled to develop the Mediterranean/Balkan native spurge, Euphorbia characias…till we found its secrets and techniques. First, it isn’t a protracted lived plant to start with…usually 3-5 years is it, so that you’ll must plant it the place it’s more likely to reseed. That might be well-drained slopes which can be both mulched or coated with gravel.
Secondly, after it flowers in spring with its gorgeous present of yellow flowers, take away a lot of the flower stalks as quickly as flowering has completed, besides these wanted to supply new seedlings (the flowers are additionally nice to make use of in floral preparations). If not, the seed stalks dissipate power inflicting the plant to say no a lot quicker. We’ve now allowed this to seed all through the slopes in entrance of our home, and right here is the consequence…a smattering of three′ tall x 3′ extensive clumps, picture taken mid-winter.
Though this part of the backyard, planted in compost-amended sandy loam is irrigated, we sometimes don’t suggest irrigation for this spurge with out glorious drainage. You’ll additionally learn on-line that Euphorbia characias doesn’t like scorching, humid summers…one other instance of faux gardening information that simply retains getting repeated with none concern for the details.
We’ve additionally discovered Euphorbia characias to develop effectively partly solar beneath giant timber, which retains the soil dry. The crops won’t ever be as dense as they’re in full solar, however they survive and flowers. There’s actually not the rest that offers you this evergreen blue colour and type within the winter backyard.