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Chamaesyce nutans

Common Name(s):
Nodding spurge

Spurges (Chamaesyce spp., and the Euphorbiaceae family) are summer annual weeds that flourish in warm weather, but in warmer climates some can persist into late fall. Plants flower in summer and early fall then die after frost. Flowers are greenish-white. Spurges are some of the most common warm-season weeds. Each exudes a milky sap when stems or leaves are broken.

Mangaement Guidelines for Spurges: Because spurges flower when young and have little or no seed dormancy, weed populations can increase rapidly. Remove plants when young to reduce seed production. They are time consuming to hand weed due to the number of seedlings that form. Some species may forcefully discharge seeds. Spurges are well controlled by most preemergence herbicides labled for use.

The nodding spurge (Chamaesyce nutans)  is very similar to hyssop spurge (Chamaesyce hyssopifolia) but leaves are generally larger and younger foliage is softly hairy, losing hairs with age. Preliminary research suggests that nodding spurge is generally well controlled by most herbicides that list "spurge" as a susceptible species.

summer annual weed
summer annual weed, weeds

NCCES plant id: 3071

Chamaesyce nutans Habit
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Chamaesyce nutans Abaxial leaf surface
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Chamaesyce nutans Fruit