Marsh Spurge - Euphorbia palustris


Height about 90 to 100 cm sometimes more. A bushy plant with thick, erect stems. It has numerous grey-green stem leaves which have a distinctive white midrib and are hairless on both sides. It is quite a distinctive plant with large terminal clusters of bright greenish-yellow bracts and flowers. Capsule with short warts.

Similar Species

Several other tall spurge may be present, as garden escapes or casual introductions

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

A specimen will be required for the County Recorder to verify this species


Damp places, marshy areas.  Occasionally grown in gardens and may escape or be planted deliberately in the wild

When to see it

Flowers May and July.

Life History

Herbaceous perennial.

UK Status

Little recorded as a wild plant in Britain.  It is not described in Stace's New Flora of the British Isles (4th edn.)

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

It is not listed in the current checklist (Jeeves, 2011).

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

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