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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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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