Spotted Spurge is a low-growing, annual broadleaf weed. It has tiny, pale to dark green oval leaves that usually have a purple spot in the center. Tiny pink to white flowers bloom in late spring through summer. Stems ooze a milky white sap when broken. As with most members of the spurge family, sap can be a skin irritant.
Spurge is commonly found in lawns, cracks in walkways and driveways, and shrub beds. It can form a dense mat up to 2 feet in diameter.
Spotted Spurge is found throughout the United States.
Related or Similar Plants
Prostrate Spurge, Milk Purslane, Milk Spurge
- Hoe or pull before setting seed.
- Mulch heavily.
- Maintain healthy, vigorous turf.