Spurge Olive. This is a good plant for areas that receive/or hold little or no water. A small and compact evergreen shrub with glossy leathery green leaves that resemble those of an Olive. The leaves develop an attractive tinge of red in summer. Small bright yellow cross-shaped flowers usually appear in spring (insect pollinated) and are followed by red fruits that eventually dry to black - evidently of little value to mankind, so maybe valuable for wildlife, there is good evidence that seed distribution is by lizards and small carnivorous mammals. It has a compact habit up to 60 cm tall and maybe twice as wide, making it a good candidate for evergreen ground cover. It can be trimmed and used for hedging, a useful alterative to traditional species such as Box and Myrtle. It is also suggested to use it as under-planting on the edge of tree canopy, particularly western facing edges, where the soils are dry and exposed to solar radiation. It is frost hardy to -5C.
It comes from the western mediterranean region, growing in areas such as the Balearic Islands in the west to southern coast of Spain through to Sardinia. It occurs in Mediterranean shrubland communities, dominated by other species like Pistacia lentiscus, Olea europaea, Rosmarinus officinalis and or Quercus ilex, so on all accounts should be at home here in the Algarve. Interestingly, a Soviet era plant dictionary cites it as growing mainly as "underbrush" in conifer woodland - maybe there are possibilities there.
We are a plant nursery in the Algarve specialising in dry mediterranean species. We propagate and grow our own stock in conditions they are likely to endure when they are planted out.
We grow plants that are adapted to the dry land conditions in Portugal and southern Spain, both mediterranean perennials and succulents.
We choose plants that require very little water and maintenance. We produce a range of dry land plants that are typical of the worlds mediterranean regions. These are available to order ready for planting in the wetter months of the year. Please order the plants you need and we’ll have them ready at the best time for planting.
To ensure your new plants adapt and establish quickly, we produce them in special anti-spiral root pruning containers and a range of fibre pots (no plastic waste) with our own tried and tested growing media.
Please note we have no retail outlet or garden centre and are not open to the public. For more information you can contact us here.
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