Leafy spurge

 

Latin name:

Euphorbia esula

Native to:

Eurasia

REGIONALLY NOXIOUS

Regional Distribution:
Leafy spurge is sporadically distributed around the Columbia Shuswap region and in Mount Revelstoke National Parks. There have also been reported sightings south of Chase, BC.

Description:
Leafy spurge is a perennial plant with cup shaped yellowy-green petals below each seed head. The leaves are narrow and pointed, growing along the main stem of the plant.

Control:
The best control is prevention and early action.
For recommended control methods please visit this resource from the Invasive Species Council of BC website.

Fun facts:
Leafy spurge contains a milky latex that can be irritating to humans and livestock upon contact. It is recommended to wear gloves when removing this plant.