Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Every source I've found lists spotted spurge as a weed. Has nobody found a use in the garden for this lovely stuff?
Euphorbia maculata is native. It grows when the heat is hellish, needs no water, and forms lovely, ground-hugging mats. It is easy to kill if necessary: just pull, and it parts easily from its roots and won't (as far as I can tell) regrow. It is an annual, and does keep popping up from seed, especially between sidewalk bricks and in between hellstrip mulch and the curb. . . but hey, free groundcover! I'm letting it go in parts of my garden to see how it turns out.
Seriously close. Each flower is about one millimeter wide.
Here is spotted spurge at Franklin Matters.