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Plant Details

Euphorbia polygonifolia [= Chamaesyce polygonifolia]

Northern Seaside Spurge, Northern Dune Spurge, Northern Sandmat

Scientific Name:

Euphorbia polygonifolia [= Chamaesyce polygonifolia]

Common Name:

Northern Seaside Spurge, Northern Dune Spurge, Northern Sandmat

Plant Family

Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Herb/Wildflower

Light:

full sun

Soil Moisture:

xeric(*)

Bloom Area:

Coast

Habitat Description:

Open sands of dunes, upper beach, dune blowouts and overwashes, sometimes growing with perennial grasses such as Uniola paniculata, but preferring open sands with little competition, sometimes mixed with the less common E. bombensis

Notes:

The tiny flowers are whitish to green or yellowish, and often the stems are red.

Northern Seaside Spurge growing in pure sand

Living up to its other common name of Sandmat, this euphorbia hugs the sand of dunes, upper beaches and overwashes. A common plant of beaches and barrier islands

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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