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Purge Your Spurge

There will be two Purge the Spurge events where Denver residents can bring in bags of pulled spurge or their informative hangtag to receive free native plants.

1. May 18th: The CSU Extension office in Denver will host the first event at Harvard Gulch Park, 888 E. Illiff Ave. from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the CSU Extension’s “Plant a Paloosa” event. Many native and xeric plants will be available for sale as well.

2. June 1st: Denver Natural Areas Program will host the second event at Berkely Lake Park (46th Ave and Sheridan Blvd)from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information, citizens are urged to contact the Denver Natural Areas Program at 720-913-0644.

Myrtle spurge (Euphorbia myrsinites)
 is a highly invasive garden plant that is rapidly spreading in our foothills. This non-native species out competes native vegetation by forming large dense infestations that decrease plant diversity and wildlife habitat. Myrtle spurge is designated as a “List A” species in the Colorado Noxious Weed Act and designated for statewide eradication.

WARNING: The plant contains a milky latex that is quite caustic and irritating to skin, and if in contact with an eye can cause temporary blindness.

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