Gopher Spurge (Euphorbia lathyris), packet of 10 seeds, Organic


Family:  Spurge (Euphorbiaceae)

Hardy to Zones 5 to 12

(Mole Plant, Caper Spurge, Gopher Plant, Paper Spurge, Petroleum Plant) Erect evergreen annual or biennial to 3 feet tall.  My plants in this Zone 7 garden almost always prove to be biennials.  Self-seeding.  Native to the Mediterranean basin and Europe, widely grown in gardens.  The plant is considered to be an invasive weed by some authorities, but most gardeners will grow it without fear.  It is a fascinating plant!  First and foremost, do be careful with all parts of this plant, which are filled with an acrid latex that will burn skin and eyes and cause great intestinal irritation if ingested.  Wash hands after handling the plant, especially if the latex gets on your hands.  If the latex gets in your eyes, then flush eyes immediately with a copious stream of fresh milk. Beyond the cautions, this is a really handsome, interesting and potentially useful plant.  The erect stem bears opposite pairs of lance-shaped leaves colored intensely blue-green.  The flowers are yellow, giving way to the sectioned pods that hold the seeds. The plant prefers full sun to part shade and does fine in regular garden soil or poor soil.  It is quite drought tolerant.  Sow seed in the spring, in pots or directly in the garden.  Cover with 1/2 inch of soil, tamp firmly and keep warm and moist until germination, which occurs in 1 to 6 weeks. Thin to a foot apart.
10 seeds per packet, Certified Organically Grown

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  1. Richo Cech

    Admin Richo Cech

    I have found that planting a row of gopher spurge at the perimeter of my garden does indeed discourage moles and gophers from entering.  In my experience this is one of the few things that actually works.  I am planting more of these handsome plant next year, the gophers do a lot of damage!  

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