Prostrate Spurge, also commonly known as Chamaesyce maculata, Euphorbia maculate and Spotted Spurge – is a summer annual broadleaf weed. This broadleaf weed is often found in disturbed sites, such as poorly maintained lawns, waste areas, cultivated ground, glades, and along sidewalks, railroads and roadsides. Prostrate Spurge can be found throughout much of North America.
Identifying Prostrate Spurge -
Prostrate Spurge is a horizontal to ascending summer annual that is branching and mat-forming. Its young leaves often have a maroon spot or blotch on the upper surface (hence the nickname “Spotted Spurge”). The stems and foliage exude a milky sap when injured and the stems are pinkish in color and densely hairy. Prostrate Spurge has a shallow taproot with a secondary fibrous root system and the leaf margins are sometimes toothed near the apex.
Prostrate Surge flowers from May through October, producing tiny greenish-white flowers. Reproduction is by seeds and at the nodes.
Prostrate Spurge Control -
Prostrate Spurge can be a problem in turfgrass – especially in high-traffic areas. Cultural methods, including physical removal, can be used to eliminate single plants. However, Prostrate Spurge can quickly infest your lawn and landscaping, requiring the use of professionally applied herbicides.
Scotts LawnService recommends a selective systemic weed control program to fight Prostrate Spurge in your lawn and landscaping, which ensures the herbicide is moved throughout the weed, killing it completely root and all.
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