Euphorbia mellifera

2 litre pot £22.99
available to order from spring
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Buy Euphorbia mellifera honey spurge: Makes a grand architectural statement

This shrub is semi-evergreen, so it can lose some of its leaves in winter. In colder regions or more exposed gardens, it may lose them all, but then fresh new foliage appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: light, well-drained garden soil
  • Rate of growth: fast growing
  • Flowering period: March to April
  • Hardiness: frost hardy (needs winter protection in cold areas)

    A magnificent, large euphorbia that really makes a dramatic statement in the garden. It has stiff stems strung with whorls of bright green leaves with a white stripe down the centre and topped in spring, with small, honey-scented, bronze-tinted flowers. This evergreen shrub is grown as much for its foliage as its deliciously scented flowers. It forms a natural dome shape, and gives structure and an architectual quality to the garden. Or try it as part of an exotic scheme; the luminous-green leaves look great with large-leafed plants.

  • Garden care: Cut back the faded flower stems after they have faded. When working with spurges always wear gloves since the milky sap is poisonous and a potential skin irritant. Remove unwanted seedlings each spring as part of routine border maintenance.

  • CAUTION toxic if eaten/skin & eye irritant

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Lush, green, very forgiving.


Evergreen. When hit by a hard frost, and leaves droop, it still seems to recover and look just as good very soon after.


West Berks


I would buy this product again


Happy with plants so have ordered on many occasions




Quality plant


Quality plant. I have a brand new garden in new build and Crocus has fulfilled all my expectations after many months of researching on quality and price. I have bought many shrubs and some trees.




Great plant and would buy again


Great feature plant. Do not like too much wet so plant with a lot of grit. Easy to care for and don't need winter protection in the south. Will self seed as most euphorbia. This is a replacement as the other died from heat stress when I was away in the hot summer of 2018 so even though it's suitable for a dry garden, lack of moister over a prolonged period will kill the plant. One of my favourites which is why I've replaced it. Plenty self seed but sometimes with euphorbias they don't come true. A great choice for structural planting.




Lovely plant


In a very large pot on a sunny patio. The leaves look really healthy and it has grown quite a bit since planting. It hasn't flowered yet but I'm looking forward to its wonderful honey perfume and hoping it attracts lots of bees. I know it will grow very large so may need to create a space in the ground for it in a year or two.

She with the wonderful garden



Very pleased with my Mellifera


Plant was very healthy and a good size - as described. It has been doing well in a sunny corner of the garden.




Surprisingly hardy


Was concerned it would prove tender in my cold garden but it looks to have survived -7C in the recent cold snap


200 ft above London



5.0 7


As the plant is a bit tender would it be rash to plant it in November?


Hello, It really depends on the conditions in your garden, but if your soil retains lots of water (particularly in winter), or you live in a really cold, exposed part of the country, then I would advise you plant it out in spring next year. That way the plant will have a full growing season to settle in before it has to cope with it's first winter.


I have had this plant now for about 3-4 years and is growing really well but unfortunatly has never flowered. Could you give me some advice on how to encourage this shrub to flower please


Hello there It could be that it isn't getting enough sun. Ideally it needs a sunny sheltered spot to flower so I would check this first.

Would this grow in shadow of 30ft northeast facing wall? Also other planting suggestions?


Hello, These plants will tolerate a little light shade, but would prefer a sunnier spot. If you click on the following link it will take you to all the plants we sell that are tolerant of shade - you can narrow down the selection further by selecting plant type, soil type etc on the left hand side of the page.


What plants would you recommend for my Mediterranean style garden? Our garden is quite well established and has a Mediterranean feel. We have quite a few spaces that need filling and were hoping you could suggest a few things?

Mrs C Taylor

We have several plants that might interest you - here are some of the best Lavandula Cistus Kniphofia Euphorbias Yucca filamentosa Eryngium Sedum Brachyglottis Convolvulus cneorum


What can I plant in a Mediterranean style garden? I want give my garden a Mediterranean look but I do not know what to plant. Could you please help?

There are quite a few plants that we sell on the website which will give you a mediterranean feel to your garden - here are some of the best any of the Kniphofias any of the Euphorbias Yucca filamentosa Stipa tenuissima any of the Eryngiums any of the Sedum spectabile any of the Bergenias Erigeron Brachyglottis compacta Sunshine Convolvulus cneorum Phlomis italica Lavandula x intermedia Dutch Group Festuca glauca



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