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Spurge blisters

posted Apr 30, 2017, 9:54 AM by joanie fauci   [ updated Apr 30, 2017, 9:57 AM ]
A message from a Master Gardener neighbor:
See this plant? It is blooming everywhere right now: (in the median strips on 15th Street), on hillsides (above Harrison Hollow + all along Tablerock Road), and in every last neighborhood. All over Boise.

It is called donkey tail spurge or goes by the botanical name Euphorbia myrsinites.

IT CAN CAUSE BLISTERS ON YOUR SKIN and has the potential to blind you.

I have at least three wretched incidents to relate where children were hurt or an adult ended up in the ER. The kids, seeing the milky white sap, spread it all over their arms and legs, playing "sunscreen," with it. They ended up in the ER with blisters where they "applied" the sap. Another report of kids rolling on a bank and goofing off, and breaking the stems and getting sap all over themselves. Again, the ER and blisters. And a friend was pulling weeds at the Idaho Botanical Garden, snapped a stem and got some in his eyes. Almost blinded him.

I'd love to see it all removed, but if you attempt it, wear safety glasses, long sleeves, long pants and gloves. And throw it in a plastic bag and seal it before tossing it in the trash.

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Apr 30, 2017, 9:54 AM
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