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27/05/2014 at 16:53

Hello community,

New here so firstly a big hello to everyone. I have a mystery plant growing in my garden. I did not plant it there myself however it has popped up. It is now approximately 3 feet tall and seems to be getting bigger. I have asked at my local gardening center if they can identify it however no one has been able to identify it. So i have come here to see if anyone on the wide web can help me identify it.


Please see the attached photos.

 Many thanks in advance for any help given.


27/05/2014 at 16:57

Hi Ruth. Thought it was a euphorbia, and a quick google got Euphorbia lathyris. 

27/05/2014 at 17:45

Spot on Panda 

27/05/2014 at 17:45

Woo hoo! 

27/05/2014 at 18:10

Theres a lot about this year.

27/05/2014 at 18:27

Long warm summer last year - lots of self-seeding.   They need long dry spells to dry the seedpods enough for them to crack open, shooting the seeds out 

27/05/2014 at 18:30


These are distributed by aliens. I'm sure of it

27/05/2014 at 19:12

Thanks very much 4thpanda for you reply, I have looked this up and this is exactly the plant I have got. Now I know it is a weed and poisonous I may get rid of it, although it does look good in my garden. I will have to watch it. I am glad that someone is on the ball. As I said my local garden center did not even know what it was.

28/05/2014 at 08:19

Many garden plants are poisonous - euphorbia will not harm you unless you get the sap on your skin or in your eyes.  

Wear gloves and long sleeves if pulling it up.

28/05/2014 at 08:52

Often called Caper Spurge, because of the shape of the seed pods.

28/05/2014 at 08:59

Wish I had one of those weeds in my garden!!!!

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