Information on Portland Spurge

Common Name: Portland Spurge
Scientific Name: Euphorbia portlandica
Irish Name: Spuirse ghainimh
Family Group: Euphorbiaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period


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Portland Spurge could sometimes be confused with:

Spurge, Sea,

This is a short little perennial which is found on sandy sea-shores and cliffs. Its little flowers are, like others of this family, without petals or sepals, having yellowish-green bracts and long horned glands. The leathery, oval leaves are hairless with a prominent midrib below. It flowers from April to September in coastal areas, is a native plant and belongs to the family Euphorbiaceae.

Roy Watson of the Wexford Naturalists Field Club kindly introduced me to this plant at Ballyteigue, Co Wexford in 2008 and I photographed it there at that time.

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Spurge, Portland
Spurge, Portland

This is a very large plant family with over 1,500 species worldwide. Among them is the Christmas potted plant Poinsettia. Like all other Spurges, the sap or latex in this plant is poisonous.