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Petty Spurge Euphorbia peplus L.

Description

Petty spurge (Euphorbiaceae) is a small, branched, upright plant with pale green foliage and stems. It resembles leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula), but differs in that it is smaller in stature and does not spread by underground runners. Petty spurge produces distinctive bracts (modified leaves) below the small flowers. The flowers, themselves, are small and pale green in color. Petty spurge is widely distributed in North America. No specific data are available on seed dormancy and germination but plants are prolific seed producers and emerge beginning in the cool weather of fall and continue through late spring. 

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#annual#weed#weedy#weeds#winter annual weed#cpp
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#annual#weed#weedy#weeds#winter annual weed#cpp
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Euphorbia
    Species:
    peplus
    Family:
    Euphorbiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Weed
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    Flower Petals:
    2-3 rays/petals
    Bracts
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Oval-acute leaves with smooth margins.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    Smooth, hairless stems.
  • Landscape:
    Problems:
    Weedy