Honey Spurge

Thu, Apr 10, 2008


Honey Spurge - Euphorbia mellifera
Latin name:
Euphorbia mellifera

Description: A very handsome and imposing rounded evergreen shrub with stout shoots, clothed in narrowly lance-shaped mid-green leaves with a predominant cream midrib, to 20cm long. From late spring to early summer, deliciously honey scented heads of golden yellow-terracotta flowers with small bronze-green floral bracts are produced in terminal clusters up to 10cm across. The name mellifera is derived from the Latin name for honey bee, Apis mellifera.

Hardiness: to -5C and lower for short periods

Height: 2m

Position: Full sun

Soil: light, free draining soil

Drought tolerant once established

Usage: Makes a good foil for the more colourful exotic. Place close to the house so you can enjoy its rich honey scent

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