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Wednesday - September 01, 2004

From: Dallas, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Help with plant ID
Answered by: Stephen Brueggerhoff

QUESTION:

I found this plant alongside the road in a field in North Dallas. The dirt was fairly dry, and image is attached.

ANSWER:

You have encountered an annual plant called Snow-on-the-mountain, botanical name Euphorbia marginata. This plant grows from 1-3 foot tall, w/ prominent variagation on the foliage toward the tops of the plant. Very prolific about this time of year. You can discover additional info on this and around 400 other species of plants native to Texas eco-regions at our Native Plants Database.
 

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