Leafy Spurge

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Leafy Spurge

Leafy Spurge is an herbaceous perennial plant that has been introduced from Eurasia. It is believed that leafy spurge was first brought to Canada in contaminated seed stocks brought by immigrants to Canada. This species is also known by the common name, wolf’s milk, as this plant contains toxic white, milky latex in its leaves and stems. This milky latex has been known to irritate the skin of people and animals, producing blisters and swelling. It also produces an allelopathic compound that inhibits the growth of other plants, enabling it to out-compete native species and establish a monoculture.

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