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Maidenbush, Northern Andrachne, Missouri Maiden-Bush
Andrachne phyllanthoides (Leptopus phyllanthoides, Savia phyllanthoides)


Maidenbush is a small shrub or sub-shrub to 3 feet tall with slender, wiry, upright branches and numerous small, oval, simple leaves. It occurs in limestone areas along rocky stream banks and dry hills and ravines in North Central Texas to the Edwards Plateau, north to Missouri. A woody member of the Euphorbia genus, the sap is not milky as in most Euphorbias. The minute, greenish flowers occur from May to October. The scattered populations of maidenbush on limestone balds and glades suggests that this is a relict plant, possibly originating before "the last Tertiary uplift which connected elements of the floras of the Ozarks and the Edwards Plateau." (Steyermark)

Plant Habit or Use: small shrub

Exposure: sun
partial sun

Flower Color: greenish

Blooming Period: summer

Fruit Characteristics: capsule with 6 seeds

Height: to 3 feet

Width: to 3 feet

Plant Character: deciduous

Heat Tolerance: medium

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: alkaline

USDA Hardiness Zone: 6

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