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27/06/2012 at 20:19
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     stem of the plant

 

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   top of the plant

This plant has grown for the first time this year and the stem is about 1.5m and then it spreads into leaves and little flowers.

 

27/06/2012 at 20:24
It's a euphorbia of some sort. I'm sure someone will come up with the correct cultivar.
27/06/2012 at 20:34

Thank you, getting there, it's been quite a mystery.

27/06/2012 at 22:25

Don't know the cultivar name but it looks very similar to the one that grew in the garden when I was a child. We used to call it  the 'mole plant' because, surprise,surprise it was supposed to keep moles away according to a local belief. It didn't. Yes, anyway, it is a euphorbia. Don't get the sap on you - it's nasty!

27/06/2012 at 23:15

Hi there - looks like a "caper" spurge to me - euphorbia lathyris. The ones I have in the garden have leaves at regular intervals at right angles to each other. The "flowers"/bracts are pretty insignificant, in my opinion, but the bees seem to love it !! It's a biennual and has self seeded readily but not as invasive as other euphorbias that I have come across. Although a common name is caper it's NOT edible and care should be taken as mentioned with the sap etc - all parts of the plant, including the root are, I believe, poisonous. From memory I think that the seed pods once formed are "explosive" when pressed hence, can self-seed some distance from the parent plant. 

I'm not particularly fond of euphorbias but this is one which I do allow to grow in the graden !! 

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