Free exchange of spurges for native plants

       Citizens can exchange their myrtle and cypress spurge plants at no charge for Colorado native plants at the “Purge Your Spurge” event Saturday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the tennis court parking lot at Bear Creek Regional Park.


       The courts are on Argus Boulevard, just west of 21st Street.
       These low-growing plants are toxic to both humans and animals, an El Paso County press release states. People digging up spurges should put on protective eyewear, gloves and appropriate clothing to avoid skin contact (its milky sap can cause severe skin irritations). Remove at least 4 inches of the root clump and securely bag the plants.
       Identifiable by their yellow flowers, spurges are known for choking out native vegetation and reducing wildlife food supplies. Both Myrtle spurge and Cypress spurge have been designated as “List A” species under the Colorado Noxious Weed Act, requiring them to be eradicated wherever/whenever they are found in Colorado.
       People can bring in as many spurges as they like but the free native plants will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

From a press release