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WHAT IS IT PLEASE
« on: June 05, 2016, 01:11:50 PM »

can anyone tell me the name of this plant that is growing in our new garden
it is about three times its size as of Feb this year also the bees like it

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Re: WHAT IS IT PLEASE
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2016, 08:07:50 PM »

Hi Spuds - could be wrong but it looks like euphorbia to me and probably Euphorbia lathyris. Beware of the sap it can be very damaging to the skin!
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Re: WHAT IS IT PLEASE
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2016, 08:38:01 PM »

Yep, looks every bit like euphorbia seed pods there. Heed the warning about the sap.
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Re: WHAT IS IT PLEASE
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2016, 08:26:01 AM »

cheers guys
maybe it will get the chop then  ROL :-))
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Re: WHAT IS IT PLEASE
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2016, 02:11:39 PM »

I've been scratching my head a bit (not because the photos were unclear - they are brilliant), but I wasn't sure so held back from showing my hand until someone else ventured a stab at it.

I thought it was Caper Spurge, (a common name for euphorbia). Apparently they were traditionally used as a mole deterrent! No one quite knows why, but the consensus of opinion amongst gardeners is that their roots give off a pong that moles don't like. Others say that worms get tainted by the odour so are of no interest to moles.

So for all you 'mole blighted' folks out there (I'll mention no names  :-)snigger) get some seeds from Spuds! You only need to be careful handling it if you have an allergy to latex. Unless it self seeds it won't become a problem because it's a biennial. Pretty flowers for the missus Spuds! Does she get irritated by latex?  lol(1)
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Re: WHAT IS IT PLEASE
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2016, 09:05:41 PM »

Not a plant i would want near to me then .. usf:-(
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Re: WHAT IS IT PLEASE
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2016, 10:29:18 PM »

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No - you stay well away Scary with that latex allergy of yours. You want to keep well away from Giant Hogweed juice too, because it makes your skin light sensitive & with your UV intolerance that as well could be a particularly nasty one for you.

The sap of Giant Hogweed contains toxic chemicals known as furanocoumarins.  When these come into contact with the skin, and in the presence of sunlight, they cause a condition called phyto-photodermatitis: a reddening of the skin, often followed by severe burns and blistering.  The burns can last for several months and even once they have died down the skin can remain sensitive to light for many years. You haven't been wrestling with one of these in the past have you Scary?






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Re: WHAT IS IT PLEASE
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2016, 10:49:35 PM »

Just found a bit more useful info. about your Caper Spurge (Euphorbia Lathyris) Spuds.

Check out this link:


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Re: WHAT IS IT PLEASE
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2016, 11:01:52 PM »

Cant say i,ve ever wrestled the mole plant or hogweed .    lol(1)
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Re: WHAT IS IT PLEASE
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2016, 07:58:23 AM »

thank you one and all
its getting the chop , the plan is to put a large bin liner over the top then cut close to ground

the roots should just rot as its biennial, what I don't want it to do is seed every where
now where's me long sleeved shirts, gloves, googles, steel toe cap boots, hard hat
here you go wife all the gear YOU NEED  ROL :-))
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« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2016, 09:39:35 AM »

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Cant say i,ve ever wrestled the mole plant or hogweed .    lol(1)

Very wise - I'd keep well away from those two in your skin sensitive state my friend! Nettles are my nemesis - if I get stung they turn into blisters and then ulcer-like sores that take ages to heal up. The loud cry of "SHIT" on my plot was usually echoed by someone replying "what's the matter Gee - found some nettles?"  ::)
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Re: WHAT IS IT PLEASE
« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2016, 09:44:56 AM »

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thank you one and all
its getting the chop , the plan is to put a large bin liner over the top then cut close to ground

the roots should just rot as its biennial, what I don't want it to do is seed every where
now where's me long sleeved shirts, gloves, googles, steel toe cap boots, hard hat
here you go wife all the gear YOU NEED  ROL :-))

Amazing the stuff people grow in their gardens. I can't get my head around why people grow things like Euphorbia or Monkshood, and thanks to Kew gardens Giant Hogweed & Japanese Knotweed were planted there as exhibits, we all know what happened next.

Poor Mrs. Spuds - she must love you very much!  lol(1)
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Re: WHAT IS IT PLEASE
« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2016, 01:27:07 PM »

in case you think I was joking  ThU32:-)
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« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2016, 03:44:52 PM »

She looks pretty ferocious to me! She frightened me looking on my screen I would have poo'd myself if she came around the corner and met me face to face. I feel sorry for that little Euphorbia!  ROL :-))
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« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2016, 04:27:41 PM »

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thank you one and all
its getting the chop , the plan is to put a large bin liner over the top then cut close to ground

the roots should just rot as its biennial, what I don't want it to do is seed every where
now where's me long sleeved shirts, gloves, googles, steel toe cap boots, hard hat
here you go wife all the gear YOU NEED  ROL :-))

 ROL :-)) That's what wives are for I thought jolly good training she has had 10/10 mate  lol(1)
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