Hello all, I've recently started planting LOTS of seeds by way of an experiment to populate a small plot of land just purchased. I documented well but must have gotten super giddy about a certain seed as have no idea what this lovely healthy little seedling is! Does anyone have any ideas what it may be? About five inches tall, I was planting edibles and planted it directly in soil approx three weeks ago and it's already 5in tall. I'm guessing some kind of fruit/nut tree? Any suggestions if anyone recognises the branching/leaves hugely appreciated. Pics attached. Thanks in advance.
It's quite pretty, grows wild around our part of the world but is also grown as a garden plant. I haven't found any real use for it yet, but then I don't think I've ever really looked. Perhaps I should...
Henry Jabel wrote:I thought it was euphorbia too. If it bleeds a milky white sap when cut it definately is, though try not to get it on your skin as it can be irritating.
Adam Blacksheep wrote:I personally consider it a nuisance. it's non edible, non medicinal, possibly even b poisonous ornamental flower that will start popping up everywhere like a weed.
Thanks Ralf, Burra and Henry...it sure looks like the Euphorbia. Although I dont recollect planting this at all, and have been avoiding planting anything toxic - its a puzzle! Maybe it has just naturally popped up as Adam mentions. Thanks for the warnings Adam. I'm reluctant to introduce something that could potentially become invasive, so its a great heads up!
If it is the Eurphorbia, the properties (other than the toxicity of leaves, roots etc) drought tolerant, able to grow anywhere - I wonder if there are any positives to having this on the land...dynamic accumulator? Nitrogen fixer?
Thanks for all your input everyone! Very helpful.
More reading and research for me now, regarding identifying any potential positives for keeping this plant before removing it.
Some plus points for the plant: Dynamic Accumulator - Boron
Repellent - Mole/Gopher
Traditional medecine - Toxic white/sticky sap used to treat skin excrescences, like cancers, tumors, and warts, since ancient times.
Hardy/Drought tolerent/Ground cover
I'll likely remove the seedling, but keep it in mind as a Boron Accumulator.
Thanks once again everyone for all your help in identifying!
Companion Planting Guide by World Permaculture Association