Irish wildflowers

Photos: Micheal McGahon, Sligo

Caper Spurge
Euphorbia lathyris
Family: Euphorbiaceae

Flowering: June-July. Biennial. Introduced. Garden escape.

Flowering umbels with 2-6 main rays. Bright-green oval-triangular bracts,
pointed. Smooth seed capsules with brown or grey seeds.
Blue-green leaves un-toothed, un-stalked, opposite. Linear-oblong.
Hairless. Erect growth habit. Height: To 1.5m.
Very poisonous!

Disturbed ground, wasteland, gardens, open woodland.
Garden escape or relic of cultivation.


Photographs above: Caper Spurge, Macroom, County Cork. September 2008