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Woolly Croton, Hogwort

Croton capitatus Michx.

Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family)

young plant

young, flowering plant

close-up of flowers and woolly stem

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Woolly Croton

·        warm-season annual plants with rounded, open-branched spreading growth habit to 1-3’ tall and wide

·        leaves are oval-elongated, 0.5-1” wide and 1-3” long, and are densely covered with many whitish to yellowish hairs, making leaves look “woolly”

·        stems are greenish-white to tan colored, and also hairy

·        common in overgrazed pastures; can have some toxicity for livestock

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