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Phyllanthus urinaria

 
Phyllanthus urinaria
Common name chamberbitter
Family euphorbiaceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers white
Size 8-28"

Annual broadleaf weed that appears in great numbers in early summer in various areas of our garden. It sets seeds very early in its life cycle, which makes it difficult to eradicate. With its palms of compound rounded leaves, it's actually kind of pretty, especially when it grows in great masses, and it is reported to be one of the best herbal treatments for kidney stones – but I'd still rather be rid of it. Flowers are inconspicuous, and are followed by spherical seeds dangling underneath the leaves.

This is a weed in our garden

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