Unknown Virginia Plant

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Date Photo Taken: June 20,2010
Location: Petersburg, VA
Posted By: unclebilly


This photo was taken in my father’s back yard just south of Richmond, VA. It has these strange “pumpkin” shaped seed pods (about 1/2″ across) and is about 3′-4′ tall. I need to know if it’s okay to plant it here in GA or is it an “undesirable” – and what it is!


  1. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    is it this?

    May 12th, 2011 at 10:00 am
  2. unclebilly Unregistered says:

    No, I don’t believe it’s that. The seed pods are attached directly to the stems at the leaf junctions and there is one seed pod at each junction for the length of the stem. The seed pods are trilobal with three seeds in each pod. The pods are hard similar to a nut.

    May 18th, 2011 at 9:48 am
  3. Boyd Higgins Unregistered says:

    My son is serving his apprenticeship as a gardener / landscaper here ins Switzerland and was asked to identify this plant by a customer. After some hunting we found that it is certainly a Euphorbia and after further investigation can confirm it to be Euphornbia lathyris.


    July 13th, 2013 at 10:14 am
  4. unclebilly Unregistered says:

    That’s it! Mystery solved – thanks! I have a nice little patch of it growing out front in Decatur now; it’s a very interesting plant. Good to know about the poisonous aspects, too – I’ll be careful around them now.

    July 15th, 2013 at 11:11 am

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