"Purge Your Spurge" event May 10

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Boulder County - Do you have Myrtle Spurge in your yard? Boulder County Parks and Open Space and local agencies will be hosting its second Purge Your Spurge event on May 10 in Boulder. Residents are encouraged to bring in bags of myrtle spurge and receive free native plants in exchange.

Myrtle Spurge
What: Purge Your Spurge Boulder
When: May 10, 9 am to noon
Who: Boulder County Parks and Open Space and the City of Boulder
Where: 6400 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO

Myrtle spurge, or Euphorbia myrsinites, is a “List A” noxious weed, and the Colorado Noxious Weed Act (C.R.S. 35-5.5-101-119) requires its eradication. Hand pulling and digging are the most effective methods used to control this plant. Myrtle spurge contains a toxic, milky sap which can cause severe skin irritations, including blistering. This plant is poisonous if ingested, causing nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Wearing gloves, long sleeves, shoes, and eye protection is highly recommended when in contact with myrtle spurge, as all plant parts are considered poisonous.

This noxious weed, also known as donkeytail spurge or creeping spurge, is a low-growing perennial with trailing fleshy stems. It spreads rapidly to surrounding areas and can “jump the fence” to natural areas to displace native vegetation and reduce forage for wildlife. The leaves are fleshy, blue-green and alternate. The flowers appear from March to May and are bright yellow-green with petal-like bracts. Myrtle spurge is commonly found in Denver, Boulder, Golden and the surrounding lands and has become a serious problem in the foothills and mountain ecosystems.

For more information, please contact Kurt Roy, Boulder County Parks and Open Space Weed Specialist, at kroy@bouldercounty.org, or 303-678-6294.

Vivienne Jannatpour
Communications Specialist
Boulder County Parks and Open Space vjannatpour@bouldercounty.org

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