Euphorbia maculata
(Spotted Spurge)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Spotted Spurge, Prostrate Spruge, Spotted Sandmat
    Synonyms: Chamaesyce maculata, Chamaesyce mathewsii, Chamaesyce supina, Chamaesyce tracyi, Euphorbia rayturneri, Euphorbia supina
    Lifespan: Annual
    Zones: N/A
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: May - September
    Status: Native

Euphorbia maculata, or Spotted Spurge, is an annual native to the Eastern United States and is adventive in the entire continental US. It grows in driveways, parking lots, waste ground, and in lawns, gardens and other disturbed open areas.

There are a large number of Euphorbia species in the United States, and there are two groups: the type that grow upright on erect stems, and the type that spread along the ground. Euphorbia maculata is the type that grows along the ground, and in addition to it, there are several other very similar species that also do likewise. Namely, Euphorbia prostrata, Euphorbia geyeri, Euphorbia glyptosperma and Euphorbia serpyllifolia. Information and pictures on differentiating these species will be posted soon.

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