Cypress Spurge is a
perennial plant of the UK, typically found growing in waste ground and verges, to a mature height of up to 40cm.
Cypress Spurge was introduced into cultivation in the UK in the seventeenth century and is now a naturalised garden escape.
Botanic classification and naming: Cypress Spurge is a member of the Spurge (Euphorbiaceae) family. The genus name
'Euphorbia' identifies the plant as a Spurge and its species name 'cyparissias' means 'Cypress-like plant'.
Concerns: Cypress Spurge once established into the wild can be invasive. It is a toxic plant, producing a milky sap that is an eye and skin irritant.