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Myrtle Spurge

Euphorbia myrsinites


Euphorbia myrsinites (myrtle spurge, also known as creeping spurge or "donkey tail"), is a succulent species of the spurge (family Euphorbiaceae).


Native to southeastern Europe and Asia Minor from Italy east through the Balkans to the Crimea and Turkey.It has been artificially introduced as a decorative garden plant in other areas, especially North America.


This was found growing abundantly in a vacant lot on the Provo River in Orem. It is a low lying plant growing in very rocky soil. This is my first upload...hopefully someone can help me ID it?

2 Species ID Suggestions

Sea Spurge
Euphorbia paralias
Myrtle Spurge
Euphorbia myrsinites

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Thank you so much for pointing me in the right direction! Utah even has a Purge Your Spurge program giving out free native plants in exchange for digging up these poisonous interesting.

LennyWorthington 8 years ago

Could be Euphorbia paralias

LennyWorthington 8 years ago

This is a species of SPURGE Euphorbia sp.

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Orem, Utah, USA

Spotted on Apr 11, 2013
Submitted on Apr 14, 2013

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