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    04 / 15 / 2020

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I found this in the backyard under the Pines. Single white flower with five petals. Leaves opposite, smooth, margins entire. Stems are woody. Can’t remember if they’re hairy or not. Haven’t pulled any up to look at roots since they’re few and far between. I can tell you that the deer like them. The closest thing I can come up with is Hemp Dogbane without the cluster of flowers. That’s all I got. Thanks for looking!


  • Underdog Green Thumb says:

    I’ll keep a watch out for any plants with flowers on them. They grow pretty slowly though- (not like these darn Cat’s Ears!) – so it might be a while before they produce any flowers or fruit. After looking at many pictures of this plant, I’m fairly sure you’re right about the Euphorbia though.

    June 4th, 2020 at 8:15am

  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    With the milky sap & the tap root, I’m leaning more toward Euphorbia. Hopefully you would be able to either have the flower again or its fruits. Thanks for the feedback Jim! Laura

    June 4th, 2020 at 1:35am

  • Underdog Green Thumb says:

    I checked several plants this evening. All the leaves are alternate all the way up. The reason for the top leaves looking opposite is that they are so close. The stem is woody and hairy. The leaves bleed milky sap as does the stem and root when it is broken. Since I found several dozen of these after looking through the back yard, I dug one up. The root is very thick and deep. I looks less like a tapered tap root and more like an irregular perennial or rhizome that goes (generally) straight down. If it helps I can repost the pix tomorrow. Thanks for looking at this!

    June 3rd, 2020 at 10:17pm

  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Link for Euphorbia corollata.

    June 3rd, 2020 at 5:51pm

  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Hi Jim, yes darn deer :)! Too bad the flower’s center is blurry to tell for certain. I’m taking a guess for now, maybe something in the Euphorbia? Check out E. corollata) and false flowering spurge (E. pubentissima) from the included link below. Again, flower’s center, fruits & milky sap are needed to confirm or rule out the suggested genus. Best to you Jim. Laura Link for E. pubentissima.

    June 3rd, 2020 at 5:37pm

  • Underdog Green Thumb says:

    I just looked at this thing in the back yard. It’s got a woody hairy stem for sure. And yes the leaves are alternate at the bottom, but where the flower stems (used to be) the leaves are opposite. I forgot to tear a leaf off. I was trying to find the one that hadn’t been nibbled. Darn deer!

    June 3rd, 2020 at 4:12pm

  • Underdog Green Thumb says:

    And those were the best pictures I had of the flower! I’m afraid it’s through blooming for the year.

    June 3rd, 2020 at 4:14pm

  • Underdog Green Thumb says:

    Thanks Laura, Unfortunately the deer have already nibbled the tops out of these! I was so disappointed. I’ll try to find one that hasn’t been topped.

    June 3rd, 2020 at 3:44pm

  • laura735 Master Identifier says:

    Please resubmit with closeup center of flower, side view of the whole main trunk. Also careful and tear off some leaves and see any oozing white sap. Although the leaves are opposite at the top. It appears the leaves are alternate on a lower part of the trunk (?). Thank you & best wishes!

    June 3rd, 2020 at 2:21am

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