what is this plant?

Hi, this plant has grown in my garden, in the same place, for the last couple of years. I didn't plant it and have tried planting some it's seeds but none of them have grown, have never seen anything like it before so was wondering if any of you know what it is?


It's about 3/4 meter in height.







  • MuddyForkMuddyFork Posts: 375

    It could be a Sun Spurge, Euphorbia helioscopia

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,231

    How big is the plant? It's certainly a euphorbia but I can't judge the size

  • LynLyn Posts: 8,378

    3/4 metre, 30 inches.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,231

    observant, that's meimage


  • LynLyn Posts: 8,378

    Not to worry Nut image

    I suppose, being sideways, it could be 1ft high.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • It looks like a Euphobia Latherus, it is sayed to keep moles at bay. Don't know if it works.

  • Ooh if it keeps moles at bay I'm interested, I think!. Am not having good thoughts about moles right now. Little bleeders. Aren't Euphorbia's all toxic on the skin though? I know its terribly wimpy and cowardly but I don't grow anything Euphorbia for that reason, I just find it easier to not have it around that way I can't forget and get caught out. Anything else said to keep moles at bay (apart from spearing or clubbing them that is!)?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,231

    It doesn't keep moles away I can promise you. I have bothimage

    I thought it looked like E. lathyris but george says it's been in the same place for a couple of years so I assumed perennial.

    But last year plus this year is two years and I think Chrissie is right

  • Grrr OK nut thanks, I thought it sounded too good to be true!

  • Thank you for the answers! After a quick google the Euphobia Latherus looks the best bet to me. It's probably close to a meter tall, maybe just over...my guessing of heights is poor, very poor XD

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