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Weed Control

Myrtle Spurge

Euphorbia myrsinites
Perennial

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Identification and mangement tips

  • Myrtle spurge has inconspicuous flowers with showy yellow bracts and blue-green leaves containing a caustic white milky latex.
  • Myrtle spurge is an escaped ornamental that quickly crowds out native plants.
  • Warning!! All parts of myrtle spurge contain a caustic latex sap that can result in skin irritation, redness, swelling, and blisters.

Most effective control methods and timing

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Prevention (Prev) Monitor and destroy new plants before seed production.

Mechanical (Mech) Hand pulling, digging, cutting, mowing and tilling.

Cultural (Cult) Biological control agents, livestock grazing, and revegetation practices.

Chemical (Chem) Selective herbicides based on the plant and the specific location. Check our weed fact sheets for specific control information.

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Photo credits

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  • Salt Lake County Weed Program