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Pineland euphorbia, Lesser Florida spurge
Euphorbia polyphylla
Euphorbiaceae


General 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.
Dimensions:
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.


 


Roger L. Hammer
James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Blazingstar Preserve, Palm Beach County, Florida
James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Blazingstar Preserve, Palm Beach County, Florida
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton