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Euphorbia characias - Large Mediterranean Spurge

Phylum: Magnoliophyta - Class: Equisetopsida - Order: Malpighiales - Family: Euphorbiaceae

Large Mediterranean spurge

This spurge lives up to its name: it grows up to a metre in height and has umbels in the form of large rounded heads of flowers.

Euphorbia characias grows in rocky and stony places, on abandoned farmland, in scrub and wasteland and even on the sides of roads. It is also widely grown in gardens.

Euphorbia characias

A member of the family Euphorbiaceae, Large Mediterranean Spurge blooms from the end of March until June and can be found from Portugal eastwards to Italy and Greece.

The plants shown on this page were photographed in Crete in early April.