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Flowering Spurge


Common Name Flowering Spurge

Latin Name: Euphorbia corollata

[Pronounced: "yoo-FORB-ee-ah core-oh-LATE-ah"]

Type of Plant: Forb

Identification Helps: A generally flat-topped plant, 3 ft or taller, with small white "flowers" (which are really petal-like bracts). Looks somewhat like the babies' breath garden flower. Has a milky sap (which can be irritating to skin).

Similar Species: None on the prairie.

Preferred Growing Conditions in the Wild: Prefers loose, sandy, or dry soils.

Seasons of Growth and Bloom: Blooms from late June through October.

Natural Distribution in Ohio: Found throughout Ohio on sandy or loamy prairies. Seldom or never on clay.

Description and General Information: Euphorbia collorata is a particularly beautiful prairie plant. It would make a very fine garden plant. In October it turns markedly red and orange.

The plant is poisonous to most wildlife, although prairie chickens are said to consume it.