One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An ornamental European spurge which has become naturalized in North America. It has poisonous seeds, but the buds can be used as a substitute for capers.
Euphorbia lathyris, family Euphorbiaceae
- ‘E. lathyrus (caper spurge) is a glabrous, somewhat fleshy, grey-green perennial or biennial herb to 70 cm.’
- ‘OK, so we have a terrible problem with moles - we never did get any caper spurge.’
- ‘As the whole plant is not shown, I cannot be sure, but it looks like caper spurge, Euphorbia lathyrus - a biennial about 3-4 ft tall.’
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