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

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