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Myrtle Spurge

Myrtle Spurge is an ornamental that some people once planted in their yards. It is a perennial that produces new stems from the taproot each year. The plants are 4 to 6 inches tall, have trailing stems, and fleshy, blue-green, triangle-shaped leaves. In the spring they produce clusters of small yellow flowers on top of each stem.

 

  Myrtle Spurge Plant

MYRTLE SPURGE

Euphorbia myrsinites

Also known as:

Creeping Spurge

Donkey Tail (spurge)

Myrtle spurge is not only dangerous to native plants and wildlife; it is dangerous to you and your family. The most common victims of myrtle spurge are children who unassumingly pick the pretty flowers. Myrtle spurge produces a toxic, milky latex which causes severe blister-like burns if it touches your skin. If it gets in your eyes, seek medical attention!

 Myrtle Spurge Plants in Field

 

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IT'S AGAINST THE LAW!

The Colorado Noxious Weed Act, §§ 35-5.5-101-119 C.R.S (2003) designates myrtle spurge as a Class A Noxious Weed that must be eradicated. It is a violation of this law to allow myrtle spurge to “produce seed or develop other reproductive propagules.”

 

HOW CAN YOU COMPLY WITH THE LAW?

 

close-up of myrtle spurge

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