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Leafy Spurge
Euphorbia esula

Leafy spurge was introduced from Eurasia. In the northern Midwest and Northwest it is a very troublesome weed. In Connecticut, it is considered potentially invasive. More on this topic from Invasive Plant Atlas of New England.

• Family: Spurge (Euphorbiaceae)
• Habitat: roadsides, dry fields
• Height: 8-36 inches
• Flower size: actual flowers less than 1/8 inch across; flowers backed by two or three conspicuous yellow-green bracts 3/4 inch across
• Flower color: brownish
• Flowering time: May to September
• Origin: Europe and Asia

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Euphorbia esula
Euphorbia esula
Euphorbia cyparissias
Cypress spurge (Euphorbia cyparissias) is a related plant with similar flowers, but much narrower leaves. Cypress spurge was also introduced from Eurasia.

Last updated June 20, 2006. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.