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Euphorbia characias subsp. characias 'Humpty Dumpty' (Wood spurge 'Humpty Dumpty' )

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.6m
Max height
0.6m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Euphorbia characias subsp. characias 'Humpty Dumpty'

Other names

Wood spurge 'Humpty Dumpty'

Genus

Euphorbia Euphorbia

Variety or Cultivar

'Humpty Dumpty' _ 'Humpty Dumpty' is a compact evergreen perennial with grey-green linear foliage and clusters of acid-green flowers in spring.


Euphorbia characias subsp. characias 'Humpty Dumpty' is: Evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Compact

Toxicity

All parts of the plant are highly toxic if ingested. The milky sap may cause irritation to skin and eyes.

Flower

Bright-green in Spring

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Propagation methods

Seed, Division


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Where to grow

Euphorbia characias subsp. characias 'Humpty Dumpty' (Wood spurge 'Humpty Dumpty' ) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Gravel, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean

Cultivation

Plant in free-draining soil in full sun. Handle with care as sap is a skin irritant.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Euphorbia characias subsp. characias 'Humpty Dumpty'

Other names

Wood spurge 'Humpty Dumpty'

Genus

Euphorbia Euphorbia

Variety or Cultivar

'Humpty Dumpty' _ 'Humpty Dumpty' is a compact evergreen perennial with grey-green linear foliage and clusters of acid-green flowers in spring.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Compact

Toxicity

All parts of the plant are highly toxic if ingested. The milky sap may cause irritation to skin and eyes.


Colour

Flower

Bright-green in Spring

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Propagation methods

Seed, Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Euphorbia characias subsp. characias 'Humpty Dumpty' (Wood spurge 'Humpty Dumpty' ) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.6m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Gravel, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean

Cultivation

Plant in free-draining soil in full sun. Handle with care as sap is a skin irritant.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Euphorbia characias subsp. characias 'Humpty Dumpty' (Wood spurge 'Humpty Dumpty' )

Common pest name

grape ground pearl

Scientific pest name

Margarodes vitis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Main pathway; Vitis spp. plants for planting; already prohibited. However; further consideration of other pathways is required.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Euphorbia characias subsp. characias 'Humpty Dumpty' (Wood spurge 'Humpty Dumpty' )

Common pest name

Banded-winged whitefly

Scientific pest name

Trialeurodes abutiloneus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous whitefly native to the Americas with the potential to introduce harmful viruses to the UK. EU regulation should be considered and further assessed by EPPO.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Euphorbia characias subsp. characias 'Humpty Dumpty' (Wood spurge 'Humpty Dumpty' )

Common pest name

Powdery mildew: cotton; Powdery mildew: eggplant; Powdery mildew: pepper; Powdery mildew: tomato

Scientific pest name

Leveillula taurica

Type

Fungus

Current status in UK

Present (Limited)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Believed to be present and no statutory action is being taken. Status needs to be confirmed by survey.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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This plant is featured at Chelsea Flower Show 2009

Euphorbia characias subsp. characias 'Humpty Dumpty' (Wood spurge 'Humpty Dumpty' ) has been used in The Daily Telegraph for Chelsea Flower Show 2009. read more

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