Sun Spurge - Euphorbia helioscopia


    Short to medium, more or less hairless plant.  Stem usually solitary, erect.  Leaves oval, broadest above the middle, blunt, finely toothed in the upper half.  Umbel with 5 main rays and yellowish bracts, similar in shape to the leaves.  

    Photo ID?

    Cultivated land, gardens, allotments, arable fields and waste ground.

    When to see it

    May to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Fairly common throughout Britain, but scarcer and more coastal in the north.

    VC55 Status

    Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 367 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map