Leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula L.) is a perennial herbaceous weed that infests millions of acres of range and pasture in the northern Great Plains. It outcompetes grasses and lowers land productivity because cattle will not graze infested areas even if spurge makes up only 10% of the vegetative biomass. This presentation will cover the history, taxonomy, and phenology of leafy spurge. A discussion of chemical, mechanical, and biocontrol techniques that aid in leafy spurge management will also be included.
Proceedings of the South Dakota Academy of Science
South Dakota Academy of Science
Clay, Sharon A. and Scholes, Chad M., "Leafy Spurge - A Review" (1997). Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Faculty Publications. 212.