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Plant Details

Cnidoscolus stimulosus

Tread Softly, Spurge Nettle

Scientific Name:

Cnidoscolus stimulosus

Genus:

Cnidoscolus

Species Epithet:

stimulosus

Common Name:

Tread Softly, Spurge Nettle

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Bloom Time:

March, April, May, June, July, August

Growing Area:

Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Sandhills, dry sandy woodlands, other dry sandy soils.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Not Assigned

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

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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