Spurge is a highly invasive ornamental plant that is popular in xeriscapes
and rock gardens in residential areas of Colorado. This plant is rapidly
expanding into sensitive ecosystems, displacing native vegetation and
reducing forage for wildlife.
a low-growing perennial with trailing stems of fleshy blue-green alternate
leaves. Flowers are inconspicuous, surrounded by yellow-green flower-like
bracts that appear from March to May. Myrtle Spurge reproduces only
by seed and is capable of projecting seeds up to 15 feet.
plant exudes toxic, milky latex, which can cause severe skin irritations.
Wearing gloves, long sleeves, and shoes is highly recommended when in
contact with Myrtle Spurge, as all plant parts are considered poisonous.
to planting myrtle spurge include native plants such as Sulphur flower
(Erigonum umbellatum) or Kinnikinnick (Artcostaphylos uva-ursi).