Texas Bull Nettle - Cnidoscolus, texanus
EUPHORBICACEAE - Spurge Family
- Other names: Treat-Softly, Purge Nettle
- Height: 1 1/2-3 feet high with several stems from the same root system.
- Root System:Deep taproot enables the plant to thrive even in the hottest part of the summer.
- Leaves are alternate, 2-4 inches long, divided into 5 leaflets, crinkled in appearance and covered with stinging hairs.
- Allergic reactions: "Sting" of the hairs, and the milky sap from a broken stem.
- Flowers: 5-7 white, petal-like sepals, united below; no petals. 10 or more stamens and a 3 lobed pistil.
Loughmiller, Cambell and Lynn. (2002). Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide. Austin: University of Texas Press.
Photo: Courtesy of S. Peregrine Johnson.