This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
- Common Name(s):
- Caper spruge, mole plant, sassy jack
- Poisonous Plants
- Annual herb with milky latex; leaves alternate below and opposite above; yellow, crescent-shaped glands on the rim of the cup-shaped "flower"; fruit a large, 3-lobed capsule
- Poison Part:
- All parts
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Ingestion, dermatitis
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea when ingested; redness, swelling, blisters after some delay following contact with skin
- Toxic Principle:
- Diterpene esters in milky latex
- CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN. SKIN IRRITATION MINOR OR LASTING ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES.
- Found in:
- Landscape as cultivated herbaceous perennial; weedy in disturbed areas, escaping in waste places and around buildings
NCCES plant id: 1044