Sweet Spurge - Euphorbia dulcis


A short to medium height plant with slender, unbranched, erect stems. Leaves elliptical to oblong, untoothed and usually hairless. Umbel usually 5 rayed with green bracts.  Flowers with rounded glands, green at first, but soon becoming dark purple.  A cultivar named 'Chamaeleon' has dark purple foliage.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Favours damp or shaded habitats, found naturalised in woodland and scrub, and on roadsides and river banks.

When to see it

Flowers May to July.

Life History

A rhizomatous perennial herb.

UK Status

Fairly widespread, although occasional, as a naturalised plant in Britain.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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

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