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Plant Details

Euphorbia cyparissias

Cypress Spurge, Graveyard Spurge

Scientific Name:

Euphorbia cyparissias

Common Name:

Cypress Spurge, Graveyard Spurge

Plant Family

Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family)

Native/Alien:

Not Native to US

Type:

Herb/Wildflower

Habitat Description:

Roadbanks, graveyards, waste places. Common in the NC Mountains and Piedmont, rare on the Coastal Plain.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

This European native is considered invasive in some states. It exudes a milky sap that can be a skin irritant; avoid getting the sap in your eyes.

Plants

I have often noticed this plant growing in large colonies - but I was always in the car, driving, and never could get a close look at it. I saw these in a parking lot and was able to take photos.

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Tarwheels Skating Rink parking lot, Swannanoa, 16 April 2002
© MB Baumeister

Blooms

The bloom is in the center of the lighter bracts.

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Tarwheels Skating Rink parking lot, Swannanoa, 16 April 2002
© MB Baumeister

Foliage

The foliage looks quite soft, even from a distance.

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Tarwheels Skating Rink parking lot, Swannanoa, 16 April 2002
© MB Baumeister

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

https://www.invasive.org/browse/subinfo.cfm?sub=3116
Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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