Leafy Spurge


  • Brown roots have pink buds
  • Milky, latex sap in stems and leaves
  • Alternate, narrow leaves 1 to 4 inches long
  • Flowers are a yellow-green color
  • Height 1 to 3 feet

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Weed Information

ToxicityToxic. Horses, cattle and humans.
ControlBiological, sheep and goat grazing and herbicide. Contact your County Weed District or local Applicator for more information.
HabitatRangelands, pastures, prairies, roadsides, streams, ditches and waste areas.
RootExtensive root system, up to 30 feet deep.
Leaf ShapeLinear.
LifespanPerennial; two years or longer.
Priority 2B WeedAbundant in Montana and widespread in many counties.
Similar Looking PlantsAt early stages, yellow toadflax and cypress spurge.
Important InformationSeed capsules explode, shooting seeds to distances of 15 feet; seeds can remain viable for over 15 years. Plant is difficult to control with herbicide because of root depth.