Unusual Variegated Spurge

By Charlie Nardozzi

Variegated plants are hot, but sometimes they can be finicky to grow. The new variegated-leaved spurge sets a new standard, with its unique shape and interesting flowers combined with drought tolerance and pest resistance. Its only requirement is excellent drainage. The Tasmanian Tiger Mediterranean spurge (Euphorbia characias 'Tasmanian Tiger'), which was discovered in a garden in Tasmania, Australia, produces pale yellow blooms with green centers in early summer. The stems are sometimes tinged purple, providing a nice contrast with the variegated white and green leaves.

This perennial -- hardy in zones 6 to 10 -- grows 2 to 3 feet tall and wide, and thrives in a full sun to part shade location. Take care when working around this plant because broken stems exude a milky sap that can irritate the skin.

For more information on this new spurge, go to: Wayside Gardens.

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