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Euphorbia characias 'Portuguese Velvet'
Common Name: Evergreen Spurge Family: Euphorbiaceae (The Spurge Family)

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'Portuguese Velvet' is a lovely selection of this species with a more diminuitive stature and intriguing leaves that, due to the fine hairs, look as if they've been cut from velvet. The flowers are lime green with maroon ovaries and are produced in early spring. This selection does not seem to be quite as hardy as the larger ssp. wulfenii so provide some winter mulch and a well-drained location.


Geogrpahical Origin:
Europe and Western Russia
North Africa
Southwest Asia and Asia Minor
Native Habitat:
Dry and rocky soil (generally limestone) up to 1000m.

ClassEvergreen  Primary Bloom ColourYellow 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom ColourGreen 
Height12-24'  Bloom TimeSpring 
Spread12-24'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureFull - Part Sun Loves Sun Sun  Foliage ColourBluish Green 
Soil MoistureAverage Dry  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone7-10  BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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