Caper Spurge - Euphorbia lathyris


    Medium to tall, hairless, erect, often bluish green plant to 1.5 metres. Leaves opposite, linear to oblong, untoothed and unstalked. Bracts oval-triangular, pointed, bright green. Umbels with 2 to 6 main rays, capsule 13 to 17 mm smooth.

    Identification difficulty

    Disturbed ground and waste places, gardens.

    When to see it

    June and July.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Casual or established throughout Britain as far north as southern Scotland scarce in Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional but probably increasing in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 4 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current checklist (Jeeves, 2011) it is listed as Alien (archaeophyte); scarce

    It is on the VC55 Rare Plant Register

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