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Mediterranean Spurge

Euphorbia characias

Plant Data

Order:
Malpighiales
Family:
Euphorbiaceae (Spurge)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Large flowerheads are produced which are comprised of 20 or more stalked ray florets. The yellowish to pale green bracts have a dark reddish-brown gland in their centres.
Fruit:
Smooth capsules.
Leaves:
An evergreen plant. Linear, narrowly egg-shaped, greyish-green, simple leaves. Not toothed. The densely spiraling leaves grow up to 5 inches long.
Maximum Size:
120cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
Highly poisonous. The sap is a skin and eye irritant.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Albanian spurge.
Habitats:
Gardens, mountains, wasteland, woodland.