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Can anyone tell me what these are sprouting out of the ground?

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  • lily6lily6 Working and living in the Chiltern Hills. Posts: 79
    Hi Festerjustin, I think its one of the Euphorbia species. 
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,443
    They look a bit like JKW to me. I hope I'm wrong
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • I was worried that it was jkw but it looks very different to what I can see online, they are popping up all over the place and seem to be connected to a root system but no one seems to know what they are
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,857
    edited March 2020
    Euphorbia Griffithii. Could be Dixter or Fireglow. I have both and they are at that stage now. Definitely NOT japanese knot weed.  If you break one of the shoots it will ooze a milky sap which can cause dermatitis, especially if the skin is exposed to sunlight, so be careful or wear gloves when handling.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • lily6lily6 Working and living in the Chiltern Hills. Posts: 79
    I'm certain it's not Japanese Knotweed. 
  • AsarumAsarum East AngliaPosts: 566
    I agree with Euphorbia griffithii.
    East Anglia
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,443
    phew! Good!
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • lily6lily6 Working and living in the Chiltern Hills. Posts: 79
    Fidget bones, totally with you regarding irritation from the sap, please also be aware of not getting it near your eyes, it's nasty if you do and involves a visit to A & E. Hasn't put me off though, I love them large and small, along with its common name, Spurge. 

  • Ok thanks everyone, is it only toxic if breaking the stems? Is it invasive?

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,857
    edited March 2020
    It spreads. I have let it gently rampage through a border as I really like it for early colour.  Most euphorbias have this nasty sap, if I am clearing any out I wear gloves.  Other than that it flowers early and it attracts insects who are after nectar.
    At the front is the Euphorbia. It has brick red flowers. The peony is an intermediate called Bartzella.  This photo was taken late June and the flowers (actually bracts)are fading at this point. They are brighter earlier on in the season.  (Please excuse the nettle, bindweed, and dock, I am not good at weeding)
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
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