Because of its aggressive self-seeding tendencies, several jurisdictions have banned the planting of Myrtle spurge and have labeled it as a noxious weed. It is especially problematic as a groundcover in hot, dry areas that have very poor soil.
Additionally, how do I care for Myrtle spurge?
This succulent plant is drought tolerant. It needs minimal watering. Make sure that you don’t over-water your myrsinites as it will kill your plant. Water only when the soil is dry to several inches.
Herein, is Myrtle spurge toxic?
Myrtle spurge is poisonous if ingested, causing nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. This plant exudes toxic, milky latex, which can cause severe skin and eye irritations. Wearing gloves, long sleeves, and shoes is highly recommended when in contact with Myrtle spurge, as all plant parts are con- sidered poisonous.
What does Myrtle Spurge look like?
What does Myrtle Spurge look like? Myrtle Spurge is an herbaceous plant with fleshy, waxy, grayish-green leaves that spiral around spreading upright stems. It produces small yellow flowers in early spring. When mature, it is 4 to 12 inches tall, with stems up to 18 inches long.
Myrtle spurge sap can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if ingested. Skin contact may include sever blistering and burns, rashes, severe skin irritation and dermatitis. Myrtle spurge has been known to cause anaphylactic shock reactions in sensitive individuals.
Noted for its season-long interest, Euphorbia myrsinites, commonly called Myrtle Spurge is an evergreen, succulent perennial with sprawling stems of fleshy, blue-green leaves in close spirals.
Closely related to the much-admired ornamental daphnes, all parts of this plant are toxic to dogs, cats and humans and contact with the sap may cause mild to severe dermatitis. Beyond the issue of toxicity, spurge laurel is highly invasive.
Grow Euphorbia x martini ‘Ascot Rainbow’ in well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade, such as in a gravel garden. Cut back flowered stems after flowering. Always wear gloves when working with euphorbias. The milky sap is a skin irritant.
Gather a 3- to 5-inch long cutting from the tip of a non-blooming myrtle spurge stem. Sever the cutting 1/4-inch below a set of leaves, using a utility knife. Remove all the leaves from the bottom half of the cutting.
Do not cut the stems any lower, as next years buds are forming at the base of the plant. If you want this particular spurge perhaps a friend may give you one. Small transplants should be carefully set in the garden and watered regularly until established. Transplanting should be done in early spring or in the fall.
Euphorbia polychroma propagation is best done by division in the spring. Use a garden fork to gently lift the plant from the soil and then divide the clumps by hand into smaller sections. … Collect seeds in autumn, stratify them during the cold winter months and then germinate them in spring.