Seed collected from MPF’s Stilwell Prairie. Photo: Scott Lenharth

Flowering Spurge (Euphorbia corollata)

Milky sap in stem and leaves; blue-green leaves lacking hairs except on the lower surface along the midrib ; the narrow, smooth-edged

Height

To 3 feet

Spread

wide

Description

When growing in poor ground, it has only a few flowers. In rich soil, plants may spread as wide as they are tall with large inflorescences

Comments

Commonly found in the dry prairie regions and Ozarks of Missouri in prairies and glades. This species sometimes is used in native forbs seeding mixes. Flowering spurge often is used in prairie restoration projects where it may take several years to become established.

small tan seeds next to ruler showing size.

Seeds (scale is in 1/16 inch increments)

small green seedling

Seedling

Sall green plant with opp leaves

Juvenile

Sall green plant with opp leaves

Distinguishing Characteristics

Sall green plant with opp leaves

Mature