What are spurges?
The spurge family is a plant family with the botanical name Euphorbiaceae.
These plants are called spurges because of their often milky sap, which can cause skin irritation.
How many spurges are there?
The spurge family includes about 300 genera, which contain about 7500 species.
Where do spurges grow?
Spurges can be found almost all over the world. They have adapted to many habitats and colonize cool, hot, dry or swampy regions. There are also submerged or floating species.
What do spurges look like?
Many spurges are succulent. Some look like a cactus. Others grow arboreal, shrubby, climbing, as an evergreen or deciduous herbaceous plant.