Dangerous weed invading Garfield County

Cypress spurge growing in potted application. Photo by Steve Dewey, Utah State University, Bugwood.org
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GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. A toxic weed is spreading from landscaped gardens into native areas in Garfield County and can be dangerous to humans.

Myrtle Spurge was initially introduced locally as an ornamental plant for landscaping. It is designated as a List A noxious weed which crowds out native vegetation by forming dense infestations.

It also has a white sap that can cause severe skin irritation if touched. The most common victims are children who unassumingly pick its flowers.

A program beginning on May 19th and running through June 5th will reward landowners who remove the toxic weeds with vouchers for fresh, non-invasive plants.

Property owners are asked to exercise caution when pulling the invasive weeds. It is advised that people wear long sleeves, long pants, and gloves while digging or pulling up spurge. Remove at least four inches of the rooted clump. Collect plants in plastic bags for disposal as garbage. Do not compost.

Residents who collect 30-gallon garbage bags during the three week period the program runs can receive the $15 vouchers at Mountain Valley Greenhouse.


Myrtle spurge in bloom in Garfield County – photo courtesy of Ann Larson
Cypress spurge growing in potted application. Photo by Steve Dewey, Utah State University, Bugwood.org



 
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