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The spurge (Euphorbia myrsinites) blooms in April and can be recognized from afar by its bright yellow flowers. The early bloomer, which grows up to 25 centimeters high, belongs to the very species-rich and globally represented family of spurge plants (Euphorbiaceae) and is often cultivated in rock gardens in Germany. But be careful: the plant is highly toxic and can cause painful chemical burns.

The roller spurge is poisonous

Spurge does not bear its name for nothing

The roller spurge has its dangerous-sounding name for a reason - just like all the other of the estimated 2200 different species of the spurge family. After all, a hungry wolf is just as biting as the milky sap of the plant, the ingredients of which can cause skin irritation and even severe chemical burns. The latex-like milky sap cannot be completely removed with soap and water, but can be removed with creams containing fat. As soon as the mucous membranes (mouth and throat, digestive organs, eyes) are damaged, you should definitely consult a doctor!

tips

Never work with spurge plants without protective measures, but always use gloves, long clothing and safety goggles. The milky juice comes out even with minor injuries.

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