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Euphorbia lathyrusGopher Purge

Selected plant size: 3-inch pot

Euphorbia lathyrus Gopher Purge image
Euphorbia lathyrus Gopher Purge image

Euphorbia lathyrusGopher Purge

Selected plant size: 3-inch pot

About this plant

4 Feet
Hardy Biennial
Flower Color
Full Sun, Evergreen, Water Conserving

Growing & using Gopher Purge

Young Gopher Purge Plant

Gopher Purge or Mole Plant contains a latex like milky sap that is found in the roots, leaves and flowers. Poinsettias are members of the same genus and contain the same kind of sticky sap which can cause skin irritation in sensitive people. This caustic substance is not a repellant but a contact irritant. The varmint must chew the roots to become ill or die. In order to protect plants from gophers or moles, a thick stand of Euphorbia planted in the gopher’s main tunnel is necessary. And, because it dies every two years, it is necessary to be vigilant and replant or your precious protected plant becomes exposed.

Transplant Gopher Purge when small like these.

Fortunately, Gopher Purge (sometimes called Gopher Spurge) reseeds readily. Sprouting in the early spring, small plants can be easily transplanted from the ground to the desired location. Or, you can leave it alone and let it naturalize itself.

Gopher Purge Buds

The unusual flower buds of Gopher Purge will eventually open and set seeds. If you do want more seedlings, you may leave the pods to fall or collect them when they have turned brown.