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Euphorbia nicaeensis (Nice spurge)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.8m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Euphorbia nicaeensis

Other names

Nice spurge, Honey-flowered spurge

Genus

Euphorbia Euphorbia

Species

E. nicaeensis - E. nicaeensis is a bushy, mound-forming, evergreen to semi-evergreen perennial with upright, red-flushed stems bearing oblong to lance-shaped, leathery, blue-green leaves and terminal clusters of bright yellow-green flowers from spring to early summer.


Euphorbia nicaeensis is: Evergreen

Habit

Erect, Cushion or Mound Forming

Toxicity

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

Flower

Yellow-green in Spring; Yellow-green in Summer

Foliage

Blue-green 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 flowered shoots to ground level in late summer or early autumn.

Propagation methods

Division, Basal cuttings, Seed


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Where to grow

Euphorbia nicaeensis (Nice spurge) will reach a height of 0.8m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Grow in light, well-drained soil in 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)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Euphorbia nicaeensis

Other names

Nice spurge, Honey-flowered spurge

Genus

Euphorbia Euphorbia

Species

E. nicaeensis - E. nicaeensis is a bushy, mound-forming, evergreen to semi-evergreen perennial with upright, red-flushed stems bearing oblong to lance-shaped, leathery, blue-green leaves and terminal clusters of bright yellow-green flowers from spring to early summer.

Native to

Caucasus, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Turkey

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Erect, Cushion or Mound Forming

Toxicity

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


Colour

Flower

Yellow-green in Spring; Yellow-green in Summer

Foliage

Blue-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Specific pests

Aphids

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Cut flowered shoots to ground level in late summer or early autumn.

Propagation methods

Division, Basal cuttings, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Euphorbia nicaeensis (Nice spurge) will reach a height of 0.8m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Grow in light, well-drained soil in 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)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Euphorbia nicaeensis (Nice spurge)

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 nicaeensis (Nice spurge)

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 nicaeensis (Nice spurge)

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.

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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