Leafy Spurge (Euphorbia esula L.)


(Euphorbia esula L.)


GROWTH HABIT:  Perennial, erect, up to 3’ tall, spreading by seed or creeping roots.

LEAVES:  Alternate, long, narrow, ¼” wide and 2” long, usually drooping.

STEMS:  Branched near top, hairless, entire plant contains milky sap.

FLOWERS:  Inconspicuous, surrounded by large heart shaped floral leaves which turn yellow-green near maturity.

ROOTS:  Brown, numerous pink buds, deep, spreading, very persistent.

OTHER:  Grows in nearly all soil types and habitats.  Seed is thrown to 20’ by exploding seed capsule.