Michelle continues to identify weeds we have in our gardens

Sun spurge: Latin name Euphorbia helioscopia L.

Sun spurge is classified as an annual weed, and is common throughout the UK. Seedlings usually emerge from April to October, but it can grow all year round, especially in mild climates. The picture below was taken in my garden, in January.

Control

Control is best done by hand weeding and hoeing. Try and remove the plant before it flowers and sets seed. Sun spurge bleeds a milky sap, just like the varieties grown for their flowers. Wear gloves when removing this weed, especially if you have sensitive skin. Because it is an annual weed it is safe to put on the compost heap if removed before flowering.