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Euphorbia hypericifolia

 
Euphorbia hypericifolia
graceful spurge
Common name graceful spurge
Family euphorbiaceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers white (late spring-early fall)
Size 6-24"
Light sun-part shade

This spurge occurs in subtropical and tropical regions, and is a somewhat common weed in our Houston garden. It's readily recognizable as a euphorbia, especially when blooming with its insignificant white flowers, and not hard to pull up, but it reseeds rather prolifically, so I try to weed it outwhenever I see it. That works well in the first half of the season, but when Houston's hot weather hits and I retreat inside, this spurge keeps on happily growing – and can come to dominate its slower-growing neighbors by the time I venture back outside.

This is a weed in our garden

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