Weed Spotlight: Cypress Spurge | TheFencePost.com

Weed Spotlight: Cypress Spurge

Tina Booton
Weed Division Supervisor, Weld County Public Works

Like myrtle spurge, cypress spurge has the same caustic white sap that can make children very sick if they use it as paint. Cypress spurge is an ornamental plant that can still be found in people's gardens. It has narrow long leaves and a lime green color on the top when flowering. This plant is typically around six inches to a foot tall. It will form a mono-culture as it spreads and takes over. Pulling this plant is an option. Be sure to use rubber gloves to prevent the sap from getting on your skin or in your eyes. For ideas to plant in place of cypress spurge go to http://www.weldweeds.org. ❖