Invasive Plant

Myrtle spurge

Euphorbia myrsinities
Warning icon

Warning

Myrtle spurge is toxic to humans, livestock and wildlife when consumed, or when its sap (latex) contacts skin. The sap causes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea when eaten. It can cause blindness if it gets in people’s eyes and skin contact causes redness, swelling and blisters. This plant is provincially regulated and noxious in BC.

About This Species

Myrtle spurge is an escaped garden perennial that likes dry, disturbed soils. It grows quickly and aggressively, releasing chemicals from its roots which stop other plants from growing near it. This helps it crowd out native species. Myrtle spurge reproduces by seeds, but roots fragmented by cultivation can also produce new plants.

How to Identify

Myrtle spurge’s leaves and stems are a light blue-green color. Its leaves are very sharp and spiral closely around the stem. Plants grow 10 – 15 cm tall and form a low, spreading mound. Myrtle spurge’s flowers are small and yellow.

Report an Invasive Species

Use the app

Help us track and defeat invasive species.

Report through this website

Use our form to tell us what you’re seeing and where.

CONTACT INFORMATION

SPECIES INFORMATION

Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 3 files.
Please include photos of the suspected species to help potential identification by experts.
Please be specific and give us an address if possible.
//

Take Action

Prevention is the best approach.

Plantwise

Plantwise

Learn about best practices

A few non-invasive alternatives to plant instead of Myrtle spurge include:

Go Further

Identify

Help protect BC from Invasive Species.