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Plant Details

Cnidoscolus stimulosus

Tread Softly, Spurge Nettle

Scientific Name:

Cnidoscolus stimulosus

Common Name:

Tread Softly, Spurge Nettle

Plant Family

Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Perennial

Bloom Color(s):

white

Size in Feet:

.2 - 3

Light:

Part-sun

Bloom Time:

late March - April - May - June - July - August

Bloom Area:

Coast, Piedmont

Notes:

Very common beneath longleaf pine in the Sandhills

In bud

Tread Softly grows in sandy woods and old fields with sandy soil. It is common in the Coastal Plain; rare in the Piedmont.

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Paynter, Wilmington, May, 2011

Flowers

The plant is entirely covered with stinging hairs.

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Wilmington, May, 2011

Leaf

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Tom Harville

Fruit

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David Paynter, Wilmington, August 20, 2015

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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