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Prostrate Spurge (A) — Euphorbia maculata — Family: Euphorbiaceae — Spurge

© Copyright 2004-2014, Ronald Calhoun.
© Copyright 2004-2014, Ronald Calhoun.
© Copyright 2004-2014, Ronald Calhoun.
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Prostrate spurge is a late-germinating, low growing, mat-producing summer annual. Spurge is very often found in un-irrigated bark mulch common to parking lot tree islands, crevices and boulevards. Spurge will tolerate some shade but thrives in harsh full-sun baked sites. The reddish somewhat hairy stems of spurge will produce a milky-white latex when broken or injured (similar to dandelion).