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Euphorbia mellifera (Honey spurge)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
2.5m
Max height
2.5m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Euphorbia mellifera

Other names

Euphorbia longifolia Lamarck, Honey spurge, Canary spurge

Genus

Euphorbia Euphorbia

Species

E. mellifera - E. mellifera is a rounded, evergreen shrub bearing narrow, lance-shaped, dark green leaves with pale mid-ribs and clusters of fragrant, brown flowers in late spring.


Euphorbia mellifera is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers are honey-scented.

Habit

Domed

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

Brown in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

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

Propagation methods

Basal cuttings, Division


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Where to grow

Euphorbia mellifera (Honey spurge) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 2.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Mediterranean

Cultivation

Plant in well-drained soil in full sun.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

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Botanical name

Euphorbia mellifera

Other names

Euphorbia longifolia Lamarck, Honey spurge, Canary spurge

Genus

Euphorbia Euphorbia

Species

E. mellifera - E. mellifera is a rounded, evergreen shrub bearing narrow, lance-shaped, dark green leaves with pale mid-ribs and clusters of fragrant, brown flowers in late spring.

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers are honey-scented.

Habit

Domed

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

Brown in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

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

Propagation methods

Basal cuttings, Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Euphorbia mellifera (Honey spurge) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 2.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Mediterranean

Cultivation

Plant in well-drained soil in full sun.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

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

Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

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