Euphorbia myrsinites- Donkeytail Spurge

Euphorbia myrsinites or Myrtle spurge is also called as Creeping spurge or donkey tail. It is a succulent plant that can make a great ornamental for your rock gardens and patios. It sends out sprawling stems like a sea anemone spreading its arms out. It usually blooms during spring- from March- April. It sprawls and spreads out it’s tendrils all over the ground and rocks. It looks great against the house walls, gateways and entryways. However, while getting this plant to your place a little research should be done because this plant is considered as a pest in few areas.


Euphorbia myrsinites is a succulent herbaceous perennial. The stems grow from a prostrate woody base. They are 20-40 cm long and creep all over the place, it’s leaves are fleshy, pale and bluish green. The flowers are green in colour and are surrounded by bright yellow bracts and are produced during the spring time. The plant grows up to a height of 0.5 to 1foot. It is a native to south-eastern Europe and Asia Minor.

Culture and Propagation

This species of Euphorbia is drought tolerant and is suitable for xeriscaping. It is best grown in dry and well drained soil. It can grow even in poor and infertile soils including the rocky and sand soil. It requires full exposure to sun. However, it can grow in areas with partial shades. Being a succulent it does not require regular watering occasional watering of plant is enough. It is an evergreen plant but, it cannot resist cold climates. It is short lived in winters thus, needs to be protected from frost. It is propagated by means of seeds. The ripened seeds should be collected and sown indoor before frost. While collecting/handling seeds hands should be covered with gloves as it can lead to serious irritation and itching. If you wish to store the seeds for future properly clean them before storing.

E.myrsinites- Noxious Weed

This plant is considered noxious and invasive in some regions. It’s cultivation is illegal on the land of Colorado and it is believed to be a noxious invasive weed in Oregon in U.S. Anybody who is seemed to have have this plant on his property is charged a fine up to 1000$. In the states of U.S. it is mandated for eradication. The milky sap of the plant is highly poisonous. It can lead to significant skin irritations like redness, swelling and blisters. The sap when comes in contact with the eye can lead to blindness. The plant is highly noxious and should be kept away from the reach of children.

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