Come! Ms. Dunlap will give two talks at the CNPS Conservation Conference Feb. 1-3 in LA!

One regarding a database of 3,700 nectar plants (& how to collect images to benefit pollinators), and the other regarding
a prototypical key incorporating a novel plant identification system that produced an order of magnitude improvement.

Euphorbia characias
(sold as Tasmanian Tiger)

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Common names: MILKWEED, SPURGE

Native to: Portugal, Western Mediterranean

Sentiment: persistence


Type: perennial

Forms: clumping, erect

Leaves evergreen

Max height: 3 feet

Max width: 3 feet


secondary color present, white/off white, yellow


green, secondary color present


Attracts wildlife: adult butterfly, specific butterfly species

Plant features: evergreen

Exposure: sun

Propagates by: seed

flowers in spring

flowers in summer

Soil type: well drained

USDA Zones: zone 8 to +10 f, zone 9 to +20 f, zone 10 to +30 f

Temp. range: +10 to +40 °F

Water: drought tolerant

Butterflies that feed on this plant

  • Tasmanian tiger 2
  • Tasmanian tiger 3
  • Tasmanian tiger 4
  • Tasmanian tiger