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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

The weeds are blossoming

February 5, 2015

According to the groundhog’s prediction, we have another 6 weeks of winter. And, though spring is far away, the invasive weed, spurge laurel, has started blooming. 

Spurge laurel is a large, invasive weed that grows in clumps that are 3 to 5 feet tall.  Its blossoms are yellow-green and have a bitter scent.  

The Bureau of Environmental Services recommends to remove the weed by completely digging it up, down to roots, to limit re-growth.  Spurge laurel is toxic, so take precautions to stay safe and avoid a nasty rash. 

Check out Bureau of Environmental Services’ website to learn more.