Camp Fire Girls warn: beware the Spurge Laurel

Monday, November 4, 2013

Spurge Laurel - noxious weed

Noxious Weed in Your Neighborhood

The Shoreline Camp Fire Group called the "Wild Wolves" is a group of adventurous, caring fifth grade girls. Recently they became aware of a noxious weed called Spurge Laurel in their Shoreline neighborhood and want to let people know about it.

Spurge Laurel is poisonous to both humans and animals, and it could be in your neighborhood or even in your own yard.

The effects of Spurge Laurel are listed below:

  • Plant can replace native understory in forested areas
  • All parts of plant are poisonous to animals and humans
  • Inhaled sap can cause respiratory irritation
  • Ingestion of leaves or berries can cause:
    • Burning lesions in mouth
    • Diarrhea and vomiting
    • Weakness, stupor and convulsions
  • Eating 7-10 berries can be fatal

"We care about the safety of our community both people and pets, and want to make you aware of this weed."

Removal is recommended but not required. Should you want to remove the plant, be sure to use gloves, protective eye gear and cover all skin. Pull the weed from its root and throw it away in the trash NOT in compost. 

For more information go to this King County website.

Camp Fire Group 1214 the “Wild Wolves” includes Leila G., Serina T-S, Brynn M., Karly S., Kayla G., Olivia P., Kayla B., Lily W., Symone P., Alexis R., Laura M., Gina M., Shea M., and Ali S. Group Leader is Carrie Campbell.


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