This has been one of my favorite plants for a long time. I first encountered Mediterranean Spurge in a garden on Nantucket and I have searched for it in nurseries ever since. It is not a rare plant but it just hasn’t been carried in the areas where I have lived and not readily available by mail-order. I finally got tired of trying to track it down so two years ago I ordered seed from Jelitto and started some of my own. The plant in this picture is 2 years old and has since put out almost 100 seedlings. I am flush in euphorbia!
This plant looks great for almost 3/4 of the year which is a lot! It gets statuesque chartreuse inflorescence’s that compliment so many early blooming perennials. The show begins around the time the Giant Allium and Veronica speedwell start to bloom. It is kind of like a Lady’s Mantle on steroids. This is a must have for Chartreuse lovers and those looking for a sculptural element for their garden. Dead-head when the flowers have passed and the blue/grey foliage remains looking almost like a dwarf pine or spruce for the rest of the year.
This spurge is very adaptable and grows in clay or sandy soil and full sun or part shade. It appears to be hardy to zone 6. It does not like a wet soil particularly in winter.
If you live near me I have a good supply of these in small 4 inch pots. Just shoot me an email and I can arrange to get some to you.