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Prostrate Spurge

Euphorbia maculata L. (Chamaesyce maculata)

  • Image: broadleaf Plantain
  • Image: broadleaf Plantain
  • Image: broadleaf Plantain

Found in:

  • Lawns and landscape beds
  • Does well in nutrient-poor and drought prone soil (sandy soil)


  • Low growing, mat-forming annual
  • Stems are reddish in color and covered with tiny hairs
  • Leaves are tear-drop shaped with smooth edges (margins), arise in pairs (opposite one another) along stem
  • Leaf center may have a reddish spot
  • Stems and leaves exude a white milky sap (latex) when broken
  • Flowers are tiny, pinkish-white and difficult to see
  • Shallow taproot

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