Quail-Friendly Plants of the Midwest
Numerous white flowers make flowering spurge conspicuous, even from a distance.
Jim Rathert, Missouri Department of Conservation
Milky sap is a good indicator of flowering spurge, but another is the arrangement of the flower heads. This view, looking down on the plant, depicts the attachment of flower stalks to the main stem like spokes on a wheel. Spokelike arrangement (umbel) of flower stalks.
Scott Sudkamp, Missouri Department of Conservation
This common forb may be found in idle areas, field borders and roadsides. It may reach 3 feet tall on richer soils. Leaves at the base and lower portion of the stem are alternate, but become opposite or whorled toward the flower. Inflorescences are multibranched, with multiple flower heads per branch. Flowers have five white petals with a yellow center and average about one-third of an inch across. Breaking the stem reveals a milky white sap. The fruit is a three-lobed ball borne on a stalk above the flower petals.
April to October
Use by bobwhites
Bobwhites eat the seeds of this common forb and may use it for brood rearing as well.
MP903, new May 2008