Priority: - Prevent
Tags: Terrestrial | Toxic
Identification and Reproduction
- Cypress spurge is an erect, tufted perennial, growing up to 30 cm tall in small to large patches.
- Small, linear leaves in whorl pattern.
- Yellow flowers grow in bunches. Flowers turn purple-red when mature.
- Yellow-green bracts under flowers.
- Plants have a milky sap.
Reproduces vegetatively through lateral root shoots or seeds.
Habitat & Ecology
Cypress spurge typically is found in dry areas; pastures, meadows, streambanks, forest edges and distrubed sites.
- Reduce forage availability for livestock.
- May be toxic to animals.
- Milky sap may cause skin irritation.
- Displaces native vegetation, degrading wildlife habitat.
- Mowing (before seeding).
- Hand pulling will be effective for small patches. Be sure to wear gloves to prevent skin exposure to the milky sap.
- Herbicide at early bud.
- May need to do repeat herbicide applications.
For more information check out the USDA's Cypress Spurge page here.
Header photo (Stefan.lefnaer).