Euphorbia characias ‘Humpty Dumpty’

Mediterranean Spurge, Albanian spurge

Looking for a low-maintenance, compact garden plant? Look no further than Euphorbia characias ‘Humpty Dumpty’. This evergreen perennial/sub-shrub is perfect for small gardens and containers. It has whorls of grey-green leaves and, in spring, upright heads of lime green ‘flowers’ (botanically called ‘cyathia’).

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Origin: Portugal to Crete, cultivar of horticultural origin
Genus: Euphorbia
Species / Cultivar: characias ssp. characias var. 'Humpty Dumpty'
Common Name: Mediterranean Spurge, Albanian spurge

Plant Biography

The Euphorbias are one of the largest families of plants, present on all continents except Antarctica, with more than 2000 species and countless cultivars. Euphorbia characias originates in areas around the Mediterranean sea, where it prefers to grow in dry and rocky areas. It does not mind the salty terrains, making it a perfect plant for coastal gardens.

Euphorbia ‘Humpty Dumpty’ is a fairly recently selected cultivar of the popular Mediterranean Spurge. You’ll love this plant’s compact growth – it reaches half the dimensions of the plain species. Plus, it’s extremely easy to care for – just give it some sun and water occasionally and it will thrive.

Euphorbia characias 'Humpty Dumpty'
Soil: Well drained
Soil that does not show much signs of moisture, either visibly or when handled.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 0.6m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.6m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Semi Evergreen
May only remain evergreen in milder winters, or only loose leaves for a short period.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.

Expert Tip

Cut down the flower stalks after the flowers have faded. New shoots will emerge from the base of the plant and will create a bushier plant.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

This dwarf habit allows this magnificent plant a chance to perform in smaller spaces as some cultivars can get quite large.

With its lime green flowers, this little guy is sure to brighten up any garden. Not to mention, it’s drought tolerant and will thrive in even the harshest conditions.

Be aware that the milky sap can cause irritation. Avoid contact with skin or eyes.


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