Woodland flowers

Wood spurge

Wood spurge

Wood spurge is very widespread throughout the southern half of England; in the New Forest it grows in almost all deciduous woodlands. It does not appear to get grazed by deer, cattle or ponies so, unlike many other woodland flowers, it tends to remain common in the grazed woods.

Wood spurge often grows in abundance if areas of woodland are cleared, but it doesn't do well in very wet areas. It is easy to find in flower in April or May.

ID tip - Wood spurge grows to 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.

  1. Woodland flowers
  2. Bluebell
  3. Lesser celandine
  4. Wood anemone
  5. Narrow-leaved lungwort
  6. Foxglove
  7. Wood spurge (you are here)
  8. Butchers broom
  9. Wood sorrel
  10. Wild daffodil
  11. Bastard balm

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