Beware the Myrtle Spurge

Beware the Myrtle Spurge

While googling through regional gardening websites today, I found out that the state of Colorado has made the sale of Myrtle Spurge illegal. They recommend that it be dug up and destroyed if you have any on your property. They will actually write you a letter if they see it on your property. I have some deviously sitting by the back fence on my rental property in Lakewood waiting to take over every square inch of ground. This weekend I think I'm going to put on the gloves and go a few rounds with the little fiend. I'm honestly wearing gloves because I got a couple of blisters from the little bastard when I planted it 6 years ago. The problem is, it really looks cool in a rock garden. http://www.lakewood.org/index.cfm?&include=/CR/Regional/BCLP/bclpWeedManagement.cfm "Myrtle spurge is 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. It is 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. Ths 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. Alternatives to planting Myrtle spurge include native plants such as Sulphur flower (Erigonum umbellatum) or Kinnikinnick (Artcostaphylos uva-ursi)."
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