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Posted on: April 6, 2021

Beware the invasion of the “Spurge”

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Myrtle Spurge tries to fool you with its beauty, but it’s actually a noxious weed that is quite poisonous. As the snow melts, this weed species is already green and actively growing!  The best method of controlling it is to pull it by hand or through tilling the soil. But watch out! The white sap can cause skin rashes, blisters, swelling to eyes, nose or mouth should it contact any areas of the body. Avoid a trip to the emergency room by wearing gloves and long sleeves while handling it. Immediately wash your hands afterwards! 

Commonly found in landscape plantings and flower gardens, this introduced ornamental can grow to heights of 4 to 6 inches, with clusters of small yellowish green flowers at the top. Leaves are bluish green with triangle-shaped leaves. A key characteristic is a milky white latex sap that oozes from any part of the weed that is broken off. 

If you have any questions, email Russell Johnson, Arapahoe County weed control specialist: rjohnson@arapahoegov.com.

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