Euphorbia characias ‘Portuguese Velvet' (also called Spurge 'Portuguese Velvet')
Evergreen, low-growing, herbaceous perennial. Good for winter foliage. Drought tolerant so good for dry gravel gardens.
All year round.
Habit - low-growing, dome shaped. H: 90cm S: 90cm
Leaves - soft and velvety, grey-green. The tiny silver hairs on the leaves light up in low light, giving the appearance of a halo.
Flowers - bunches of pale green bracts produced, in spring, with brown-black centres.
Full sun to partial shade.
Well drained, will tolerate poor soil.
Not fully hardy - plant in a warm sheltered spot.
May start to look scruffy after about five years but can be refreshed by division. Can be cut right back, when it will resprout from stems. Take care when working with this plant as the sap is irritant - wear gloves.
By division or basal cuttings. May also self seed in mild areas.
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