Foliage Friday: Caper Spurge

Today’s Foilage Friday is another weed in our yard that I didn’t have a name for until now.

This is Euphorbia lathyris, also known as caper spurge. This plant is native to the meditteranean region. It can grow in a variety of conditions (sun, shade, etc), but it has a slight preference for dry soil. We definitely have very dry soil in the summer. Caper spurge a biennial, which self-seeds itself easily, which is why I keep seeing it everywhere in the yard.

Like other Euphorbias, caper spurge is poisonous and produces a sap that can be irritating to the skin. It’s an easy weed to pull out, but I’ll have to be careful not to get the sap on my skin.

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