Euphorbia mellifera sweet honey scent is attractive to pollinating insects and bees during the spring. It is a fast growing rounded evergreen semi woody shrub. Its bright green lanceolate leaves have entire margins and a distinctive white stripe down the middle.
Its stiff stems support narrow leaves that are arranged in whorls, It has ruddy brown flowers which are small, cup like bracts and are strongly fragrant. Smelling of sweet honey, the scent appears stronger early morning or evenings and can be enjoyed without competition from the masses of flying insects that distribute the pollen on their feet and anthers.
Its fruit adds another dimension to this unusual and interesting sub-shrub, It has a three case capsule, that starts green and fleshy but ripening to a hard woody shell that cracks open, propelling the seed. Its brown seeds are angled, oval or round.
In 2002 Euphorbia mellifera was awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit, and is well respected member of the Euphorbia family, often incorporated in low maintenance gardens and landscape designs.
Euphorbia mellifera prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. It tolerates most pH of soil. It will not tolerate wet soils, requiring very little maintenance. Over sized plants may grow woody and need hard pruning to encourage new growth from the base.
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