Cnidoscolus stimulosus (Michx.) Engelm. & A. Gray - Tread Softly, Finger Rot
Family - Euphorbiaceae
Flowering - Nearly all year along the coast. Spring - fall elsewhere.
Habitat - Sandhills, beaches, scrub, dry hammocks, dry pastures, fields, roadsides.
Origin - Native to North America and tropical America.
Other information - This attractive but painful species can be found mainly in the southern half of Alabama. The plant is easy to identify becasue of its big white flowers, three to five-lobed leaves, and painful stinging hairs.
Photographs taken off Lee Rd 10, Auburn AL., 8-24-04.