Cushion Spurge and Forget me nots

Asked June 15, 2019, 12:14 AM EDT

I was given some yellow Cushion Spurge and forget me nots for my garden. In researching the plants, there are pros and cons and varying opinions.. Question: are this plant invasive and should I get rid of them? Thanks, Cass Markovich

Hennepin County Minnesota invasive plants

1 Response

Cushion Spurge is not an invasive, but will readily spread. You will need to remove the spent blossoms (deadhead) to avoid this. If that isn't something you want to do and you don't want it everywhere, I would avoid planting it in your garden.

There are three types on non-native forget-me-nots in Minnesota, one of which is on the DNR's invasives lists: Myosotis scorpioides. Compare to images here: https://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/flower/true-forget-me-not. The other two are quite weedy. Unless you can confirm that it's the native, Myosotis verna, I would avoid planting what you were given in your yard. Compare here: https://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/flower/spring-forget-me-not