Feb. 21, 2018

flowering spurge, Euphorbia corollata

The hubris! To call yourself flowering spurge as if all the relatives don't flower. And in fact, these flowers are smaller than a lot of those others. Each of these five-lobed white things is a little over a quarter inch. But the white parts are bracts that circle the actual flowers. Remember the flowering dogwood syndrome? The little bits in the center are the real flowers, helped to fulfill their mission by the attraction of the bracts. As 'flowering' spurges go, this isn't even very competitive, losing out to poinsettia by a wide margin. Flowering spurge grows in prairie like areas in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, WI, and ON. Sand Creek Preserve, Hillsdale Co, MI, 7/26/12.