Mystery plant ID


This is growing in my garden, but I cannot identify it.



  • DaintinessDaintiness Posts: 949

    It's a Euphorbia 

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,478

    Could be a spurge (euphorbia).  Will try to find out more.  Some one else on here is bound to know definitely.

  • landgirl100landgirl100 Posts: 655

    It's Caper Spurge, Euphorbia lathyris.

  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,478

    There you go.image  Three in a row.

  • DaintinessDaintiness Posts: 949

    Be careful if you are going to remove or cut it down as the milky sap is an irritant. Use gloves.

  • Thanks, is it unusual to find it as far North as Yorkshire? Wikipedia says Southern Europe and South of England.


  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,478

    Keith Jones map on wild flowers of the British Isles shows it in the North of England.  Landgirl got it spot on right.

  • DaintinessDaintiness Posts: 949

    That I don't know but there have been several people looking for id of this plant this spring....maybe the mild winter has helped them survive.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 24,407

    There have been a lot of these to ID on the forum in the last year. 

    This adds weight to my theory that they are distributed by aliens

  • LavandeLavande Posts: 153

    ...yes aliens with no conscience because they are springing up all over my garden.  In fact I seem to be attracting a variety of uninvited euphorbia species.  I actually think they are gorgeous but I simply don't have the space for them and they are rampant - huge tall ones, little feathery ones and various others. If I had a huge garden I would definitely have a euphorbia collection - but I don'timage

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