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.