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Petty Spurge

Euphorbia peplus

Plant Data

Order:
Malpighiales
Family:
Euphorbiaceae (Spurge)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Clusters of yellowish-green three-rayed flowers in flattened umbels.
Fruit:
A tiny capsule with wavy ridges, containing dark seeds.
Leaves:
The roughly egg-shaped leaves are arranged alternately along the stems. The leaves are similar looking to Sun Spurge, however, Sun Spurge has got finely serrated edges to the leaves. Petty Spurge is untoothed. The leaves of Petty Spurge are also smaller, up to 2.5cm long.
Maximum Size:
30cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
Very poisonous.
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:
Cancer Weed, Milkweed, Radium Weed, Stinging Milkweed, Wart Weed.
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, wasteland.