Other names: Toothedleaf poinsettia, wild poinsettia
Life cycle: Summer annual
Found in: Pastures, hay fields and roadsides from New York to Arizona.
General description: Plant that grows to 2 feet high.
Seedlings: Cotyledons are egg-shaped and first true leaves are opposite.
True leaves: Lanceolate, opposite (but lower leaves may be alternate), hairy and up to 3" long. Often have a dark red spot on the upper surface. All parts of the plant emit a milky sap when broken.
Flowers and fruit: Flowers have no petals and occur in clusters at the ends of branches. Fruit is a
yellow-green smooth capsule containing three seeds.