Euphorbia esula

Leafy Spurge

Stems erect, many sterile densely leafy branches. Leaves 1–2 1/2 in. long, linear to oblong, with pointed tip, entire, hairless. Umbel with 1–3 in. stalks topped by pair of yellowish green bracts. Flower composed of 2–3 stalks above leafy bracts holding second set of bracts with bell-shaped tiny male or female flowers. Grows in disturbed soils, fields, road edges, under 5000 ft. European native considered a noxious weed. Milky juice may burn skin or damage eyes.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: All Spring And Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 12--30 inches
  • Habitat: Meadow, Disturbed
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  • Native: No