Flowering Spurge

Flowering Spurge
Flowering Spurge
 Nancy Goulden

Flowering Spurge
Euphorbia corrollata

 

Family Spurge
Longevity Perennial
Height 1 - 3 feet

Bloom Period

March April May June July August September October
  • Description: Stems are erect and diffusely branched above. Smooth margined, oblong leaves are alternate below and opposite above. Tiny flowers are surrounded by five, white, petal-like, cupped bracts.
  • Comments: A unique feature of the spurges is their “false” flowers. The apparent petals are really colored bracts. The flowers are tiny, borne in a cup-like structure and usually overlooked. The Christmas poinsettia, native to Mexico, is a spurge with showy, red, leafy bracts. Flowering Spurge blossoms attract mud daubers, paper wasps, spider wasps, flies and short-tongued bees. Seeds are eaten by Mourning Doves, Horned Larks and many other birds. Ants attracted to the edible appendage at the seed base help distribute the seeds. Flowering Spurge is found on upland prairies in the eastern half of Kansas.


Flowering Spurge
 Nancy Goulden

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