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Euphorbia characias 'Blackbird' (Euphorbia, Spurge)

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Plant description

Euphorbia ' Blackbird' is a perennial succulent plant with eye catching dark foliage and contrasting lime yellow flowers. The new growth is deep purple which matures to a bronzed green. It has a compact growth habit, and is ornamental all year round. It is very tolerant of hot and dry conditions. It flowers from late winter through to spring. It is salt and frost tolerant. It is good for water-wise gardens, and grows well in containers. Suits most soil types, provided they are free draining. Fertilise in spring with a slow release fertiliser.

Euphorbias have a caustic, poisonous  milky sap. Contact with mucous membranes can produce inflammation, keep away from the eyes as the sap can cause blindness.

 

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: yellow
Flowering season: spring winter

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.4 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 0.6 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Butterflies and moths.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical, arid.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: well-drained.

Sand: dry, moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 6.1-7.5

Pests

Caterpillars

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Slow release fertiliser applied in spring.

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