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Leafy Spurge (Euphorbia esula)
This Can You Guess It?? Photo is featured in the March 2006 Nebline Newsletter

Leafy Spurge

Leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula) is a perennial plant ranging in size from 6-36 inches in height. A native of Europe and Asia, leafy spurge emerges early in the spring and gets a head start on other vegetation in a race for space, sunlight, nutrients and water. It is very difficult to control.

Leafy spurge is one of Nebraska's eight designated noxious weeds. The Nebraska Noxious Weed Control Act states it is the duty of each person who owns or controls land to effectively control noxious weeds on such land.

Noxious weed is a legal term used to denote a destructive or harmful weed for the purpose of regulation. These non-native plants compete aggressively with desirable plants and vegetation. Failure to control noxious weeds in this state is a serious problem which is detrimental to the production of crops and livestock and to the welfare of residents of this state. Noxious weeds may also devalue land and reduce tax revenue.

For more Information:

  • Weed Awareness Insert in March Nebline. Web site

  • Lancaster County Weed Control Authority helps make landowners aware and to assist in the job of controlling noxious weeds. Web site

  • Nebraska Department of Agriculture Noxious Weed Program -- The Director of Agriculture determines which plants are to be deemed as "noxious" and the control measures to be used in preventing their spread. Web site

  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension publication EC130 “2006 Guide for Weed Management in Nebraska” includes herbicide recommendations for noxious weeds. Available free online.

Photo Credits:

  • Can You Guess It?? Featured Photo. Norman E. Rees, USDA Agricultural Research Service, www.insectimages.org
  • Photo of Plant: William M. Ciesla, Forest Health Management International, www.insectimages.org

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