Leafy Spurge is a perennial that spreads by seed and creeping roots and forms dense stands. It is taller and leaves are longer than Cypress Spurge and has less branching in the upper part of the plant. All plant parts contain a milky juice which can cause skin irritations.
Perennial weeds grow from root stalks year after year. Perennial weeds spread by seeds and roots, and therefore the entire plant must be destroyed.
Classification: Noxious Weed
Stem: Thickly clustered, hairless, up to 1 meter tall
Leaves: Alternate to spirally arranged, numerous, hairless, attached directly to the stem, narrow, margins smooth or entire, up to 7 cm long
Flowers: Greenish-yellow, petals and sepals are absent, clustered with 1 female flower surrounded by several male flowers held within a cup-like structure, subtended by 2 green leaf-like bracts
Distinguishing Leafy Spurge from Cypress Spurge
Leafy Spurge is commonly confused with Cypress Spurge. However, Leafy Spurge is easily distinguished as the plant is taller and leaves are longer, with less branching in the upper part of the plant.
Contact your local office to learn more:
Calgary: Red Deer:
Tel: 403-206-9900 Tel: 403-358-3339
Information compliments of Agricultural Industry, AAA Fieldmen, Environment, Health & Safety Handbook.