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Wood spurge

Wood spurge

Wood spurge is very widespread throughout the southern half of England.

In the New Forest it is widespread and found in almost all of the deciduous woodlands. It does not appear to get grazed by deer, cattle or ponies and so, unlike many other woodland flowers, it tends to remain common in the grazed woods of the New Forest.

Wood spurge will grow in any deciduous woods except for the very wet areas. It will often grow in abundance if areas of woodland are cleared.  It is easy to find in flower in April or May in many of the New Forest deciduous woodlands.


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Wood spurge grows about two feet tall and has a clump of bright lime-green flowers at the top. The flowers are not a typical flower shape and look more like green saucers with tiny green cups on. It is the only spurge species in southern England that grows in woods.

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