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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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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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Use this print-and-carry sheet to identify and control Leafy spurge on your Missouri property.

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