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Euphorbia characias ‘Tasmanian Tiger’ (Spurge)

Spurge 'Tasmanian Tiger', 'Tasmanian Tiger' Spurge

Euphorbia characias 'Tasmanian Tiger', Spurge 'Tasmanian Tiger', 'Tasmanian Tiger' Spurge, Variegated Spurge, Variegated Euphorbia
Euphorbia polygona 'Snowflake', Snowflake’ Euphorbia, gray succulent, drought tolerant plant, euphorbia horrida

A stunning plant for year-round interest, Euphorbia characias ‘Tasmanian Tiger’ is an evergreen subshrub with beautifully variegated foliage and long-lasting flowers. Upright, it features erect stems with spirally arranged, narrow, gray-green leaves adorned with creamy-white margins. In spring, they are topped with broad conical heads of chartreuse flowers, which consist primarily of creamy bracts with green center blotches. The overall effect is very eye-catching.

  • Typically growing up in a bushy mound to 30-36 in. tall and wide (75-90 cm), this evergreen spurge makes a perfect focal point for beds and borders and is a lovely addition to rock and gravel gardens or Mediterranean gardens.
  • Remaining attractive during all its growing season, this remarkable plant is resilient to most pests and diseases, is deer & rabbit resistant and is easy to care for.
  • A full sun lover, it thrives in dry to medium, well-drained soils. Don’t put this plant in too much shade, or it will get floppy and fall over. Drought tolerant, although appreciates some moisture in dry summers. Doesn’t like hot and humid summers.
  • Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Valued in Mediterranean or desert landscaping for not being highly demanding and for looking good despite a lack of watering in sunny areas. In colder areas, this may be grown in a container and brought indoors to a cool, bright spot for the winter.
  • Cut flower stems at the base after flowering. Provides a constant supply of seedlings that are easy to pull out.
  • Wear gloves when cutting as both stems and leaves contain a poisonous milky sap.

Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 10
Heat Zones 7 - 10
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Euphorbiaceae
Genus Euphorbia
Common names Spurge
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Euphorbia caput-medusae (Medusa’s Head)
Euphorbia obesa (Baseball Plant)
Euphorbia resinifera (Resin Spurge)
Euphorbia mammillaris (Corncob Cactus)
Euphorbia xanti (Baja Spurge)
Euphorbia ceratocarpa (Sicily Spurge)

Recommended Companion Plants

Aloe polyphylla (Spiral Aloe)
Sedum nussbaumerianum (Stonecrop)
Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ (Hakone Grass)
Geranium himalayense (Lilac Cranesbill)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 10
Heat Zones 7 - 10
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Euphorbiaceae
Genus Euphorbia
Common names Spurge
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden
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