Pineland euphorbia, Lesser Florida spurge
Euphorbia polyphylla
Euphorbiaceae


Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

A common, but often inconspicuous, understory herb in pinelands and scrub.
Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts.
Description:
Small herb with wirelike stems.
Height:
Typically 8-12 inches tall. Often sprawling and as broad as tall.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Endemic to Florida from Miami-Dade and Collier counties north to Brevard, Seminole, Orange, Polk and Hillsborough counties.
Habitats:
Pinelands.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, without humusy top layer.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Red and white or pinkish-white.
Flower Characteristics:
Inconspicuous.
Flowering Season:
All year.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous capsule.
Wildlife and Ecology:
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James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Blazingstar Preserve, Palm Beach County, Florida
James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Blazingstar Preserve, Palm Beach County, Florida
Roger L. Hammer
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton