Euphorbia characias Black Pearl

Euphorbia characias Black Pearl


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Euphorbia characias Black Pearl is a shrubby evergreen spurge from the Mediterranean that gives year round interest. The upright stems carry narrow, dark leaves. Showy heads of lime green cup-shaped flower bracts with black eyes with yellow centres appear from late winter and last well into summer. It is a short-lived perennial, but readily seeds. The Mediterranean Spurge is naturally heat and drought tolerant.

Plant this elegant, architectural plant in beds and borders as a contrast in foliage form and texture. Especially striking alongside light leaved evergreen shrubs. Equally at home in a contemporary minimalist or gravel garden.

Pot Size: 2L

Common Names: Mediterranean Spurge, Milkweed

Hardiness: Hardy to –15°

Height and Spread: 75cm x 75cm, in 2–5 years

Preferred Soil Type: Any light, well-drained soil

Aspect: South, west or east facing

Position: Full sun, in a sheltered position

Flowering Period: Late winter – summer

Care: No support required; cut back faded stems after flowering


*Please note, all parts of this plant are highly toxic by ingestion. Irritant to skin and eyes.*