Large Mediterranean Spurge
Euphorbia characias Fr: Euphorbia characias
This is one of the many species of spurge common to the region. This plant grows in clumps, with stalks about 30-100 cm high. The stems are thick, leafy at the top and reddish-brown and bare at the bottom.
Tall. Tall - Very Tall
Flower. The flower heads at the tops of the stalks are formed of cup-shapes (cyathia) that contain the nectar glands, male flowers, and one female flower.
Leaves. The leaves are blue-green or grey-green, very narrow, and are clustered along the stalk below the flowers. The stems, like other euphorbia, exude a milky latex fluid when cut.
Habitat. Garrigue and maquis, scrub, open woodland and rocky ground.