Euphorbia Spurge Toxicity

Asked May 14, 2018, 9:54 AM EDT

We want to remove what I think is the euphorbia surge. Have been told not to do so without goggles and gloves, that cuttings, roots, etc. have a substance that can cause eye damage. Is this the case? If so, how would you advise to remove the plants? Photo attached. Thanks very much! Joanie Mastrandrea

Clackamas County Oregon toxic plants

1 Response

Keep the sap off of your skin, and out of your eyes. I have reached in with a shovel to cut roots below the soil and carefully put the plant in a garbage bag. Some folks would bag it, then cut the roots. If there are many plants, remove them carefully and watch the area for seedlings. It may take a few years to clear the area of new plants. http://extension.oregonstate.edu/question-of-the-week/i-have-introduced-toxic-plant-how-can-i-safely-remove-it