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Can anyone identify this plant

LeonetteLeonette Posts: 18

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Does anyone recognise this plant, it appeared on my allotment in a boggy, shady spot.

It is about 30cm tall. Thank you

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,093

    Euphorbia lathyris

  • LeonetteLeonette Posts: 18

    Hi Nutcutlet, thank you, I had a feeling it was the euphorbia family but couldn't find a likeness of this in my books.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,093

    It's an odd one, crops up all over the place where people haven't planted/sown it

  • LeonetteLeonette Posts: 18

    Is this a wild or cultivated variety, I can't say that I have ever seen this one before?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,093

    It's a biennial native to somewhere south of us. The mediterranean area I think.

    In a hard winter it doesn't always make it through to spring 

  • LeonetteLeonette Posts: 18

    I just looked up some info on it and it must have survived here because of the mild winter. My allotment is on an exposed site in west Yorkshire. I read that it is used to deter moles because of the aroma from its roots and leaves. Apparently the whole plant is poisonous if eaten. Thanks for your help with identification.

  • landgirl100landgirl100 Posts: 655

    The mole thing doesn't work, sorry to say.

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