Euphorbia mellifera

Honey spurge, Canary Island Spurge

Euphorbia mellifera, also known as the honey spurge or Canary Island spurge, is a visually stunning and drought-resistant evergreen shrub originating from the Canary Islands. This Euphorbia variety is highly sought after for its unique landscape characteristics. Typically reaching a height of 2-3 metres, it forms a dense, multi-branched structure with a domed crown.

The flowers have a delicious, honey-like scent and the evergreen foliage provides year-round interest.

Euphorbia mellifera is a favourite among gardeners and landscapers due to its resilience to drought and minimal upkeep requirements. Overall, Euphorbia mellifera is a captivating and hardy choice for gardens and landscapes, providing both visual and aromatic appeal.

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Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

This drought-tolerant evergreen thrives in well-draining soil and full sunlight. Water sparingly, allowing the soil to dry between watering, especially during the growing season in spring and summer. Protect it from harsh frost, as temperatures below -5°C can burn the foliage. Pruning is rarely needed, but you can remove dead or damaged branches in late winter or early spring.

Euphorbia mellifera needs full sun to thrive and maintain a healthy, compact habit. It is extremely wind-resistant and perfect for rooftops and coastal gardens.

Be cautious when handling it, as its milky sap can be toxic and irritate the skin and eyes.

Overall, Euphorbia mellifera is a low-maintenance plant once established in a suitable environment.

Expert Tip

In summer the seed heads dry and can be heard 'pinging' seeds about with abandon - you will often find seedlings appearing in the most unlikely places!