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Euphorbia characias subsp. characias Humpty Dumpty


Dwarf Wood Spurge

Perfect for a smaller garden

Perfect for smaller gardens or where space is limited. A neat evergreen with spikes of yellow-green flowers in spring which rise above a low dome of narrow blue-green leaves.


A lovely addition to a sunny border or gravel garden, and looks superb in a patio container.


Easy to grow in most garden soils but add coarse grit to the planting hole if your soil is heavy and wet in winter. Use good quality compost for container growing and raise the pot on 'pot feet' through the winter months to help with drainage.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous, Ground cover
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 50 cm - 60 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 60 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Skin irritant,Caution toxic if eaten
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 55 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Mediterranean garden, Gravel garden, Coastal or drought resistant, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September