FLOWERING SPURGE, Euphorbia corollata L. 1, top of plant; 2, roots; 3, immature seed pod and flower; 4, seed and seed pod. Perennial, reproducing by seed and by short rootstocks. Stems 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 cm) tall, erect, light green, smooth, branched near the top, with a milky juice. Leaves oblong, narrow, light green; lower ones alternate, upper leaves in whorls on the branches. Flowers small, surrounded by 5 white petal-like bracts in the form of a cup. Flowers borne in terminal clusters and in the axils of the upper leaves. Seed pods on short stalks from the cup-like base, smooth, 3-lobed with 3 seeds. Seeds egg-shaped, gray or light brown, mottled, shallowly pitted, with a dark line on one side. Found in pastures, roadsides, and waste places especially in dry or sandy areas.