You can see the growing and the blooming of the Maltese spurge only at the Maltese islands as its name suggests. It grows as a dense shrub usually about half a meter high, although in some places it can grow up to two meters. The dense, bushy shape and small waxy leaves help to reduce water loss so it doesn't need too much.
Due to its short spines, spurges can defend themselves from herbivores such as wild rabbits and domesticated animals like goats and sheep. The plant produces a poisonous white liquid which can be seen when a part of it is damaged which makes them inedible. In March you can notice tiny cup-like bright yellow flowers that are quite beautiful.