Laptele cainelui – Alior/Euphorbia cyparissias/Cypress Splurge

This flower is native to Europe and blossoms in April – June. I found it on a meadow where cows usually come for feeding.

With its yellow – greenish color, it looks like one of the bad plants, and partially it is. When broken, its stem leaves a white, creamy substance – hence the popular name Laptele Cainelui, which translates from Romania as the Dog’s Milk. In English, it is called Cypress Splurge.

The stems are used when the flower has freshly blossomed. The substance in the stem is used to treat eczema and warts. But be careful as this substance is very toxic for the eyes!

Scientific name: Euphorbia cyparissias

More about this flower on Wikipedia. 


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