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    Myrtle Spurge


    Euphorbia myrsinites

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    Colorado List A - Eradication required in Jefferson County

     

    General

    • Family: Euphorbiaceae (Spurge) 
    • Introduced from Mediterranean region
    • Has been sold as an ornamental but no longer available in Colorado
    • All parts are poisonous; sap may cause burns or irritate skin

     

    Common names

    • Myrtle spurge
    • Creeping spurge
    • Donkey tail spurge

     

    Habitat

    • Perennial forb
    • Prefers light, well-drained soil
    • Found in gardens, natural areas and rocky slopes

     

    PLANT

    Vegetation

    • Stems unbranched, trail over ground; 8 inches tall
    • Leaves are alternate, egg-shaped to circular and surround the stem
    • Blue-green leaves. Foliage dies back in winter.

     

    Roots

    • Tap root

     

    Flower

    • Flowers in spring. Inconspicuous surrounded by greenish-yellow bracts
    • Turn bright orange-red in early summer

     

    Seedling

    • Rosette

     

    Reproduction

    • Seed
    • Vegetation fragments

     

    CONTROL

    Biological

    • N/A

     

    Chemical

    • Apply to foliage when actively growing in Spring or Fall:
      • 2,4-D plus Dicamba

     

    Cultural

    • Prevention – maintain health of site
    • Removal; wear protective clothing (long sleeves, long pants and gloves)

     

    Mechanical

    • Burning  - N/A 
    • Grazing  - N/A 
    • Mowing  - Not recommended; will spread seed 

     

    Use all chemicals according to the manufacturer's label. Listing the above methods or products does not imply a specific recommendation or endorsement.



    Alicia Doran
    Weed & Pest Management Specialist
    303-271-5989
    adoran@jeffco.us

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    Last Updated: 8-5-2013