Euphorbia maculata

Common Names: Spotted spurge, prostrate spurge
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Spurges

A typically prostrate plant, with occasional specimens reaching up as high as 30 cm. The stems spread out in a mat along the ground with each stem rarely greater than 45 cm long. The leaves are oval but rather elongate, up to 3 cm long, and arranged in opposite pairs. The flowers are very small, with four white petals that quickly fade to pink. The leaves often are marked with a black dash in the center, a feature that lead to the common name of spotted spurge.

Commonly found as a weed in gardens, waste areas, roadsides, and other open sunny places.

Primary Flower Color: White
Secondary Flower Color: Pink
Edible Notes: Poisonous.
Warnings: The sap of this plant is a mild skin irritant and can cause a rash in some people. The sap is poisonous and considered carcinogenic.