Scientific NameCroton monanthogynus
Prarie tea is an erect growing weed. It can be an annual or perennial depending on where it is found. It is a monecious weed, meaning it has both male and female reproductive parts.
Leaves are alternate with serrate or entire margins.
The stem branches symmetrically. Stems, petioles, and the flowers are covered in fine hairs.
Flower Seed Head
The stem ends abruptly with the flower head directly above. Individual flower petals are small.
The fruit of prarie tea hang down loosly from the stems. Fruits are 4-5mm long and longer than they are wide. They only produce 1 seed per fruit. The seed is brown, oval shaped, and 2.5-3mm long.
Prarie tea is rarely found. It prefers limestone or basic soils.
prostrate and nonwoody
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
shorter than leaf
Stem Cross Section
round or oval