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Wildflowers of Texas, Plant Resources Center, University of Texas at Austin

Bull Nettle   Cnidoscolus texanus    
Spurge family — Euphorbiaceae

Also known as:
Mala Mujer, Texas Bull Nettle, Tread-softly

Slides: (click for larger view)


The bull nettle is well known to, and avoided by, Texans who know the outdoors. The beautiful white flowers, which can appear from spring through fall, belie the fact that the entire plant--except for those flowers--is covered by needle-like stinging hairs. This perennial is found in sandy open woodlands and open areas throughout the eastern half of Texas, and sporadically further west.

Dried Specimens: (click for larger view)


Flowering Months: April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

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