Cypress spurge

(Euphorbia cyparissias)

Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut,

Stacey Leicht, University of Connecticut,

An escaped ornamental, this low growing perennial plant is native to Eurasia. Leaves are very slender, linear and are about 1/2 to 1 inch long. All parts of the plant contain a milky sap that is a skin and eye irritant. Gloves and eye protection should be worn when handling vegetation. Flowers are yellow-green and are in clusters at the end of the stems. The plant was used extensively as a ground cover in landscaped areas and is most commonly found near residential areas in moderately moist, sunny locations.

Cypress spurge is considered an A list species and is designated for eradication in Colorado. It has been found in Crystal Springs as well as in certain landscaping situations in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.

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