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Euphorbia lathyris Myrtle Spurge


Spring to Autumn

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The other common names for this plant are Myrtle Spurge, Mole Plant, Caper Spurge. The plant is said to repel moles. It is a bi-biennial and in its first year it produces a straight stem that produces four rows of rigidly arranged leaves that give this biennial its remarkable appearance. Then it produces a continually dual branching flowers with green bracts with hundreds of rounded, green, seed pods. These are poisonous and can cause vomiting and diarrhea that lasts for weeks. It also becomes a weed. It can reach 8 to 10 feet(2mtrs) with the flowers and can withstand drought conditions, but the plants are smaller. The seeds can produce oil for medicinal and other uses.

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