Etymology: nutans: drooping, nodding
Plants: annual forb, stems more or less erect, up to 32" tall, glabrous, reddish, with milky juice
Leaves: opposite, toothed, narrowly oblong, 1/3"-1 1.3' long, 1/3 as wide as long, often asymmetric, with fine curled hairs when young but becoming glabrous
Flowers: 4-parted, no petals or sepals but surrounded by petal-like parts; blooms June-Oct.
Fruits: 3-lobed capsule with 3 gray to light brown seeds
Habitat: dry to moist; disturbed areas
Conservation Status: Native
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