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.
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!
AGAINST THE LAW!
Colorado Noxious Weed Act, §§
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.”
CAN YOU COMPLY WITH THE LAW?
myrtle spurge from your property by digging up mature plants and pulling
up new seedlings.
yourself from the toxic sap, wear gloves, longs sleeves, pants and eye protection
when handling this plant.
the plants are in flower, be sure to bag the plants carefully and take them
to a solid waste landfill.
not buy or plant myrtle spurge. It is ILLEGAL
to sell this plant in Colorado
you see myrtle spurge on public or private lands in the City of Longmont
, report it to
the proper agency – CITY OF LONGMONT
CODE ENFORCEMENT @ 303-651-8695 or 303-651-8321.