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Pest Information

Creeping Spurge

Creeping Spurge

  • Latin Name: Chamaesyce Serpens
  • Common Name: Creeping Spurge
  • Other Names: N/A

Pest Details

Creeping Spurge
Creeping Spurge

Biology:

A perennial, with foliage dying back in the winter and re-growth from the roots in the spring. Propagation is from seeds, but plants also spread by the creeping stems that will root at the nodes.

Identification:

Similar to other spurge varieties, but with smaller, more densely packed leaves. Leaves are round and attach closely to the stems, and from the cluster of leaves small, reddish glands are produced that may look like seeds. Mature plants are vinelike and prostrate, growing along the soil and rooting frequently. They are common at the edges of turf, in landscape, or in open ground in unused land.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

A perennial capable of growing from the roots. Physical removal is difficult unless all parts are removed, due to the ability of stems to produce roots along their length.

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