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12/09/2013 at 16:55

Hi folks,

Can anyone help me ID this plant for me. It seems to have seeded itself in my veg bed. It looks familiar but I can't quite put my finger on it.



12/09/2013 at 17:01

Weed but quite a pretty one til it gets past its best. Its a Euphorbia lathyris. 

12/09/2013 at 17:10

I reckon aliens are distributing this one.

12/09/2013 at 17:16

Ah Euphorbia! Thanks, I thought it looked a bit like a False Caper I had once and aparently it's related. I'm not sure how it got there, I guess aliens is one possibility lol.



12/09/2013 at 18:37

I think I've heard those called false capers. I don't think they're a substitute though

12/09/2013 at 21:40

Had this mystery in my mums garden a few years back. If I remember rightly it throws its seeds everywhere if the pods burst.

13/09/2013 at 17:39

Lol nut. Can you imagine the taste or rather the burn on the way down?!

Mow it certainly does as do most Euphorbias. I grew E. Wulfenii in my garden and when  sat in the garden I could hear them exploding! Didn't mind tho. Easy to pull out where I didn't want them and plenty to share around 

13/09/2013 at 17:43

someone gave me some seed heads of a euphorbia and I put them in my shirt pocket. They were exploding all the way home. Odd sensation

13/09/2013 at 20:14

Ha I never knew that they exploded! With the false caper I had before, I was given it with the assurity that it was a true caper. As I picked one of the pods though, some white sap appeared which gave me doubt. I tested some on my tongue and it started to burn so I researched it and found it was toxic.

I think with this new one I'll probably move it to my 'wild' garden as I don't think I want exploding plants in my vegetable patch.

13/09/2013 at 21:24

Nut would have loved to have seen your expression  

Guy was that friend or foe who gave it to you?!

The sap is awful stuff. It is photosensitive and I got some on my gloves once, had hair in my face and used the back of my glove to push it away a few times. A few hours later I had blisters all over my cheeks like I had poured boiling water on my face!!!!!!! 

13/09/2013 at 21:26

I got some of the sap on my legs on a sunny day when I was a child - within a very little while I was very poorly indeed - my legs were all red and puffy and swollen and I felt very ill - I wasn't very old and can't remember what the treatment was, but I can remember the doctor visiting me 

13/09/2013 at 21:40

I thought they were a friend but now I wonder lol.

13/09/2013 at 23:19

yes,I've been attacked as well. E. myrsinites. Cut off some stems on a hot day, I wasn't aware of any sap but an hour or so later my face went numb/and tingly Guesed immediately what it was and showered my face. Muat have screwed my eyes up though, very sore and red on the eyelids for a day or 2 and all the skin peeled off.


14/09/2013 at 10:04

Dove you poor thing! Nut skin off the eyelids?!!!!! 

14/09/2013 at 11:53

it wasn't very nice addict. but no permanent damage. I still keep growing euphorbias

Dove I didn't know it could do more than irritate. Maybe you're allergic as well.

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