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Euphorbia characias 'Tasmanian Tiger' (Spurge 'Tasmanian Tiger' )

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

Plant details

Botanical name

Euphorbia characias 'Tasmanian Tiger'

Other names

Spurge 'Tasmanian Tiger' , Mediterranean spurge 'Tasmanian Tiger' , Variegated spurge 'Tasmanian Tiger'

Genus

Euphorbia Euphorbia

Variety or Cultivar

'Tasmanian Tiger' _ 'Tasmanian Tiger' is an upright, evergreen perennial or subshrub bearing biennial shoots, linear, grey-green leaves with wide, creamy-white margins and, from spring into summer, large cymes of yellow-green flowers with wide, creamy-white margins.


Euphorbia characias 'Tasmanian Tiger' is: Evergreen

Habit

Upright

Toxicity

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

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Cream, Yellow-green in Spring; Cream, Yellow-green in Summer

Foliage

Variegated, Grey-green, Cream in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Specific pests

Aphids Aphids

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Cut back spent flower shoots to ground level in late summer or autumn.

Propagation methods

Basal cuttings, Division


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Where to grow

Euphorbia characias 'Tasmanian Tiger' (Spurge 'Tasmanian Tiger' ) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Rock, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean, Gravel

Cultivation

Plant in free-draining soil in full sun. If necessary, add grit or sharp sand to the soil to improve drainage. Dislikes winter wet, so a gravel mulch will help avoid rotting.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Euphorbia characias 'Tasmanian Tiger'

Other names

Spurge 'Tasmanian Tiger' , Mediterranean spurge 'Tasmanian Tiger' , Variegated spurge 'Tasmanian Tiger'

Genus

Euphorbia Euphorbia

Variety or Cultivar

'Tasmanian Tiger' _ 'Tasmanian Tiger' is an upright, evergreen perennial or subshrub bearing biennial shoots, linear, grey-green leaves with wide, creamy-white margins and, from spring into summer, large cymes of yellow-green flowers with wide, creamy-white margins.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Upright

Toxicity

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

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Cream, Yellow-green in Spring; Cream, Yellow-green in Summer

Foliage

Variegated, Grey-green, Cream in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Specific pests

Aphids

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Cut back spent flower shoots to ground level in late summer or autumn.

Propagation methods

Basal cuttings, Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Euphorbia characias 'Tasmanian Tiger' (Spurge 'Tasmanian Tiger' ) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Rock, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean, Gravel

Cultivation

Plant in free-draining soil in full sun. If necessary, add grit or sharp sand to the soil to improve drainage. Dislikes winter wet, so a gravel mulch will help avoid rotting.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Euphorbia characias 'Tasmanian Tiger' (Spurge 'Tasmanian Tiger' )

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 'Tasmanian Tiger' (Spurge 'Tasmanian Tiger' )

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.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Euphorbia characias 'Tasmanian Tiger' (Spurge 'Tasmanian Tiger' )

Common pest name

cotton mealybug

Scientific pest name

Phenacoccus solenopsis

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

Watching brief for potential impact on tomato production in the Mediterranean. Other southern European countries likely to be more at risk. Precautionary action will be taken on findings on planting material to protect glasshouse crops and botanical gardens.

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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