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Can anyone identify this for me- it grows voraciously in my garden, cropping up in any nook, cranny or bare patch of soil. It seems to grow pretty much year-round but I've never seen it flower. This one is about 8 inches high and the same across, and started from nothing about 2 months ago. Thanks for any help!imageimage


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,016

    Looks like common spurge - euphorbia.  It doesn't flower in the normal sense but has "colourful" bracts, green in this case.

    Pull it up as much as you can and be careful not to get any sap on your skin or in your eyes in sunlight.  It will burn.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Petty spurge (E. peplus) and your photo shows it in flower.  Control as Oblelixx said above.  Seeds in the soil will keep coming up for years, even if you pull every single one as soon as you see it though.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thanks for the advice- looks like I've got a battle on my hands!!

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,866

    Reminds me of a chap at college who used to follow us around. 

    That was our name for him "Euphorbia peplus"

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