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Myrtle spurge (Euphorbia myrsinites)

Myrtle spurge Synonyms: Tithymalus myrsinites

Common Names: Blue spurge, Broad-leaved glaucous spurge

Description: Plant is toxic if consumed and can cause skin and eye irritation.

Habit: Perennial or biennial herb growing between 6-12 in. tall.

Leaves: Alternate in tight spirals, grey-blue in color, thick, waxy, oval to wedge-shaped, pointed at the tip, 1.6-3.2 cm. long and 0.64-2.5 cm. wide.

Flowers: Yellow green in color, cupped inside a yellow bract, growing in clusters. Bloom from mid Spring to early Summer.

Fruit and seeds: Each flower produces a seed pod that is bluish-green in color and contains 3, 0.32 cm long seeds that are dusty brown in color and resembles a peach pit.

Habitat: Native to southern Europe and central Asia. Can be found in disturbed areas and waste places.

Reproduction: By seed.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States.

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Common Name:

Myrtle spurge

Scientific Name:

Euphorbia myrsinites




Biennial, Perennial



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