Euphorbia esula (Leafy Spurge)
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|Habitat:||sun; fields, along roads, disturbed soil|
|Bloom season:||May - September|
|Plant height:||1 to 2 feet|
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Flat or convex clusters of inconspicuous 1/8-inch yellowish-green flowers with a pair of larger yellowish-green bracts that may look like round petals. A single plant may have several clusters on branching stems in the upper part of the plant.
Leaves and stem:
Leafy Spurge is on the noxious weed list for Minnesota and can be hard to eradicate. A similar species is Cypress Spurge (E. cyparissias), which has similar flowers but is generally a smaller plant with leaves smaller, more crowded on the stem and needle-like. In some references, Leafy Spurge goes by the synonym Euphorbia virgata.
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Photos by K. Chayka taken in Ramsey County.
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