With alternative common names like mole plant and sassy jack you can use this engaging annual/ biennial to fill several animal slots or as a rodent (but don’t get your hopes too high on this latter possibility).  Although it can be weedy or invasive it is also  botanically interesting because tiny yellow-green to green male and female flowers are found on the same plant, and the flowers lack petals.   All parts of the plant are toxic to humans, cats, dogs and horses especially the latex in the fleshy blue-green stems, and yet the plant was used in folk medicine as a purgative and to cure cancer and warts.   The linear, blue-green leaves are attractive additions to the garden with their prominent  greenish-white midrib.  Other names for the plant are paper spurge and caper spurge but have no relationship to culinary capers.

Type: Annual or biennial

Size: 1-3′

Bloom Color: Green to yellow-green

Bloom Time:  Late spring to early summer

Light: Full sun to partial shade

Soil: Average, dry to medium moist, well-drained

Hardiness: Zones 1-11

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By Karen