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07/08/2012 at 13:47

I have a few cuttings of this plant which I have no idea what it is called. It appears to be evergreen. the stems are red/orange and spongy. When the stem is cut it oozes white sticky sap. No idea of flowers as it is from a friends front garden in open sunny position.


07/08/2012 at 13:49


07/08/2012 at 14:01

Thank you Kate1123.

I have checked up on more details of this plant.  I shall pass the name onto my friend. They will be delighted to know its name at last.

07/08/2012 at 14:29
Oh and be careful ....the sap is highly caustic. It will burn, irritate and persist. Avoid contact with eyes
07/08/2012 at 21:51

Thank you Christopher2 for the safety info.

08/08/2012 at 06:29

Euphorbia Mellifera or Honey Spurge...there is an enormous one growing in the Gardens of Heligan, in a little courtyard garden. When it's in flower it has the most fantastic honey smell and bees absolutely adore it. I have one on the corner of my garden, after searching for it for ages, and it can be a bit of a thug! All I'd ever read about it was that it was a little tender....NOT in my garden in has to be chopped back regularly! Roots easily from pieces pulled from the base, or layered. Seems like it needs a corner where it can do its own thing, to flower at its best. Be careful though, like all spurges/euphorbia, it has a milky sap than can cause irritation. Wouldn't be without my lovable thug though!

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