Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated February 2018.
Scientific name: Euphorbia cyparissias L.
Common name(s): cypress spurge, Bonaparte’s crown, graveyard moss, graveyard weed
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-can form a bushy ground cover
-can grow to 2-2.5 feet in height
– may be confused with E. esula; see left sidebar of Go Botany webpage
-native to Europe
-introduced to North American in the 2800s for ornamental use
-European flea beetles were introduced to control this species
Go Botany. “Euphorbia Cyparissias L.” Euphorbia Cyparissias (Cypress Spurge): Go Botany, 2021, gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/euphorbia/cyparissias/.