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Dear Fellow Shootist,
This weird looking thing started growing in my mothers garden last year.
We decided to let it grow until flowering in the hope that we could identify it.
It is just over a meter tall and we have NO IDEA what the heck this thing is!!
Can anyone help us identify what this plant is please?
Many thanks in advance, John

Unknown Plant!? (18/06/2011)

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  • Posted: Sat. 18th June 2011 10:02

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Reply from Claire Pereira

Some sort of phlox? I've never seen one of these - it looks kinda cool thou!

  • Posted: Sat. 18th June 2011 10:44

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Reply from John W Norman

Many Thanks, seems to be a Caper Spurge!
I wonder how the darn thing got there..
Thanks, John

  • Posted: Sat. 18th June 2011 15:39

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Reply from Jess Barrington

Some kind of Euphorbia?

  • Posted: Sat. 18th June 2011 10:44

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Reply from John W Norman

Many Thanks, seems to be a Caper Spurge!
I wonder how the darn thing got there..
Thanks, John

  • Posted: Sat. 18th June 2011 15:39

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Reply from Caro

It's a Bong Tree - or that's what I called it when I first found it in my new garden. It's actually a Caper Spurge and is a so-called mole deterrant (Ha!) Interesting, but a word of warning - if you have one this this year, you'll have a hundred next. I pull them up for a pastime.

  • Posted: Sat. 18th June 2011 11:30

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Reply from Carol

And be careful when you pull them, 'cos the milky sap is irritant.

  • Posted: Sat. 18th June 2011 14:18

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Reply from John W Norman

Many Thanks, seems to be a Caper Spurge!
I wonder how the darn thing got there..
Thanks, John

  • Posted: Sat. 18th June 2011 15:39

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Reply from :::H::

Caro is right and the vibrations of the seeds being shot out and away is supossed to deter moles or the smell of the plant.
Eitherway, unless planted at close interfalls along your property's borders (so I have been told), moles don't seem to take any notice...
Fun sound when the seeds start flying though!
Easy to pull up so not much of a bother in my garden and I sort of like the Triffid look.

  • Posted: Sat. 18th June 2011 14:26

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Reply from John W Norman

Many thanks, it seems to be a Caper Spurge!
Darn it I wonder how it arrived!
Thanks.. John

  • Posted: Sat. 18th June 2011 15:37

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Reply from Carol

Caper spurge is another name for Euphorbia. The explosive seed pods are how it managed to arrive - possible from several metres away.

  • Posted: Mon. 20th June 2011 08:33