Daily Flower Candy: Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii

Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii has featured once already in Daily Flower Candy, but I couldn’t resist including a photograph taken this weekend in our local park, where it has formed rolling mounds of acid-green flowers almost as tall as I am. In bright sunlight the effect is dazzling; brighter and zestier than any host of golden daffodils.

My adoration of this Mediterranean marvel was swiftly curtailed by Him Indoors, who described it as triffid-like. At first I failed to appreciate the similarity to John Wyndham’s vegetative villain, but on closer inspection the flowers and bracts do have a slightly alien look. I’d liken them more, especially the twin green ‘buds’, to sinister Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors. Either way, I think I’ll give this Euphorbia a slightly wider berth in future. One can never be too careful.

Daily Flower Candy:  Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii, Broadstairs Victoria Gardens, March 8th 2014

Posted by

Welcome! I am The Frustrated Gardener and this is my blog. Thank you for visiting and I hope you like what you find. If so, please let me know and consider subscribing so that you don't miss out on my future trials and tribulations. It would be frustrating without you!

6 thoughts on “Daily Flower Candy: Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii

  1. I love Euphorbia characias, especially this one which is pure yellow and doesn’t have a black eye. It is a good idea to give it a wide berth though, it’s sap can give you horrible blisters which last for weeks, especially when exposed to the sun. So Him Indoors has got a point. Like all Euphorbias it seeds around rather too enthusiastically too. Actually, maybe it is related to a Triffid.

    Like

    1. Our Euphorbia mellifera is a prolific seeder too. I find this quite helpful as it’s a) relatively desirable and b) can get a bit out of shape if not in full sun, so the seedlings can be relocated somewhere more appropriate.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.