The graceful spurge (Euphorbia hypericifolia) belongs to Euphorbiaceae (the Spurge family). It is an annual or perennial herb that is native throughout the tropical and subtropical Americas; from Argentina to the southern states of the United States. This herb grows along roadsides, stony river sides, in waste places, and up to a height of 60 cm. The branches are sprending and the apex of branches are drooping. The leaves are opposite, elliptic to oblong. The flowers themselves are insignificant but are they surrounded by showy white bracts. The fruit is a 3-lobed capsule c. 1.5 mm in diameter. It is as most euphorbias, contains a milky sap that is a skin and eye irritant.