Warnings issued by Salt Lake County Health about dangerous myrtle spurge plant

In the Wasatch Front area, myrtle spurge is quickly taking over foothills and wild lands. This invasive weed was originally brought to Utah as an ornamental plant, but its harmful effects on plants and wildlife are now evident. The Salt Lake County Health Department advises against touching or removing this plant without proper safety measures due to its invasive nature.

Myrtle spurge is easily recognizable by its blue-green triangular leaves and milky latex sap. In the spring and summer months, it produces small flowers with yellow bracts. This plant spreads through seeds and can project them up to 15 feet, making it a dangerous threat to natural areas.

The white sap of myrtle spurge can cause skin irritation, including rashes, redness, swelling, and blisters. It is important to avoid contact with the sap and flush the affected area with water if exposure does occur. The state of Utah classifies myrtle spurge as a noxious weed and restricts its sale.

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