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Flowering Spurge

Euphorbia corollata
With widespread sprays of small white flowers, flowering spurge looks a lot like the "baby's breath" so popular with florists. Each little "flower" has 5 white "false petals" surrounding a cup of tiny yellow male flowers and a single female flower.

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Flowering Spurge

With widespread sprays of small white flowers, flowering spurge looks a lot like the "baby's breath" so popular with florists. Each little "flower" has 5 white "false petals" surrounding a cup of tiny yellow male flowers and a single female flower.

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Flowering Spurge (Flowers)

The floral cups of flowering spurge have 5 white false petals surrounding tiny yellow male flowers and a single female flower. The fruit is a little ball that grows from a stalk in the center of the floral cup. (This floral arrangement, called a cyathium, is typical of plants in the spurge family, such as poinsettias, crown of thorns, and snow on the mountain).

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Flowering Spurge (Leaf Whorls)

The leaves of flowering spurge can be eye-catching. They're sessile, narrowing toward base, ovate, with smooth edges. Leaves on the lower parts of the stems are alternate. Leaves at the branching points are in whorls (as shown here). Leaves in inflorescence are opposite.

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Hogwort (Woolly Croton)

Hogwort is a fuzzy plant, densely covered with whitish hairs. A common but often overlooked plant in pastures, prairies, ditches, and roadsides, it’s usually less than 18 inches tall.

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Hogwort (Woolly Croton)

Croton capitatus
Hogwort is fuzzy, densely covered with whitish hairs. A common but often overlooked plant in pastures, prairies, ditches, and roadsides, it’s usually less than 18 inches tall.

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Hogwort (Woolly Croton) Flowers

The flowers of hogwort occur at the stem tips, with male flowers toward the top, and female flowers below. Male flowers have 5 tiny white petals and 10–14 anthers. Female flowers have 6–9 calyx lobes and lack petals; the 3 styles are each split into two twice or thrice (thus, a total of 12–24 lobes) (there are 12 in this picture). Hogwort blooms June–October.

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Hogwort (Woolly Croton) Leaves

A dense covering of white or rusty hairs gives hogwort a fuzzy, whitish appearance. If you look closely with a hand lens, you will see that the hairs are in star-shaped clusters.

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Leafy Spurge

Euphorbia esula
When you consider the negative effects this plant has on natural habitats, and how hard it is to control or eradicate, you almost want to rename it “leafy scourge”! This invasive plant is spreading in our state. Learn how to identify it.

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Leafy Spurge (Seed Heads)

Leafy spurge is an invasive plant that is spreading in our state. Leaves are usually alternate, but those immediately beneath the flowers are whorled. Leaves on the lower half of the stem are scalelike, while those on the upper parts are linear to oblong. All parts of the plant bleed a milky sap that causes skin irritation. Flowers are borne in umbels and appear greenish yellow.

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