Herbaceous perennial that is adapted to many soil types and habitats; typically invades disturbed and undisturbed areas such as pastures, rangelands, abandoned croplands, roadsides, wetlands, woodlands, floodplains, riparian areas, mountain ridges, and prairies; its milky sap may cause skin and eye irritation in humans and be toxic to cattle if ingested in large quantities
ALSO KNOWN AS: Fairours-grass, wolf 's milk
STEMS and LEAVES: Stems (1-3ft tall) are woody at the base, branched at top, glabrous, with milky sap; leaves (1-4in. long) are linear to oblong in shape, mostly alternate with smooth margins; stems and leaves are pale blue -green.
FLOWERS: Produces showy, green to yellow, heart- or kidney shaped bracts at ends of stems; flowers form within bracts with one three- chambered ovary on top of 11-21 smaller, sepaled male flowers.
ROOTS: Extensive creeping perennial root system
REPRODUCTION: Perennial roots and seed reproduction
Management Do's and Don'ts
NMSU: Troublesome Weeds of New Mexico College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, New Mexico State University
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