Flowering Spurge (Euphorbia corollata)

Euphorbiaceae or Spurge Family





One to three feet tall.  Leaves thick, linear, fleshy, mostly alternate (not opposite each other) but the upper ones usually in pairs or whorls.  Inflorescence a cluster of minute flowers surrounded by 5 pure white petal-like appendages.  Fruit a three-part capsule, seen in the earliest stages of growth at upper center.  Blooms in summer. Sap milky, irritating and poisonous.  Avoid contact!

Native plant of dry places. Common on the dry bluffs along Wildwood Drive, under the powerline.  Blooms in mid-summer.

Not likely to be confused with anything else in the Park.  The five brilliant white "petals" and the thick leaves are distinctive.  The tiny fruits growing out of the "flowers" clinches the identification.

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"Flowers" close up