|Cardamine quinquefolia, Corydalis marschalliana and Alliaria petiolata in a forest at Sabaduri, Georgia|
|Alliaria petiolata along Cherry Creek in Denver|
|Cardaria draba at Sabaduri, Georgia|
|An image of Cardaria draba from the web|
|Euphorbia cf esula, near Red Bridge, Georgia|
|Euphorbia esula in a planter bed in Aurora|
You have to admit it's pretty alluring! I secretly still love this plant and plan to sneak a bit into my non-city garden (where the Gestapo won't arrest me for growing it)--what kills me is that tons of money is spent propagandizing against myrtle spurge (which occupies a tiny FRACTION of our native habitats compared to Euphorbia esula) while the homelier spurge ramps on
Cypress spurge too--but not so often). Meanwhile the far more noxious spurge ramps on in municipal garden beds!!!
Meanwhile, I've found myrtle spurge treasured in gardens elsewhere...
|A lonely Euphorbia myrsinites at an arboretum in Kentucky|
|Euphorbia myrsinites in the alpine house at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew|
Am I condoning weeds? Of course not...what amazes me is that our "weeds" are often harmless in their natural settings or even choice in an alpine house at Kew...
The problem isn't the plant--but its context. In the wild there are obviously ecological factors (insects, pathogens, biochemical factors) that prevent the "weed" from rampaging...
But first we have to distinguish which are the real invasive weeds, like Euphorbia esula, and target them instead of far less invasive and merely attractive (and therefore more easily identified) taxa like Myrtle Spurge.