Wood Spurge

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Wood spurge

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Scientific name: Euphorbia amygdaloides
As its name suggests, Wood spurge is found in woodlands. It is an attractive evergreen that displays cup-shaped, green flowers in clusters and dark green leaves.

Top facts

Stats

Height: up to 80cm

Conservation status

Common.

When to see

January to December

About

Wood spurge is, as its name suggests, commonly found in woodlands, particularly damp and coppiced woods. The ancestor of our garden varieties of Euphorbia(spurge), its attractive, greeny-yellow flowers can be seen from April to June.

What to look for

The greeny-yellow flowers of Wood spurge have no petals or sepals, but are held in cup-shaped bracts and appear in clusters. The upright stems carry long, narrow leaves, often tinged with red. It is an evergreen.

Where to find

Found mainly in Southern England; scarce elsewhere.

Did you know?

As with other spurges, Wood spurge produces a milky white sap which is toxic; in other parts of the world, these saps have been used to tip poisoned arrows.