Scientific Name: 
Euphorbia spp.

Common Name: 


How is this plant unsafe?

How do you plant safely?

Some species have spines.

  • Sap is irritating and can be toxic if one gets it on exposed skin such as bare hands or eyes.


  • Some species have spines.
  • Note that because many plants in the Spurge (Euphorbiaceae) family or Euphorbia genus may contain toxic sap, it is generally recommended to always wear gloves when handling any of these plants.
  • There are many species of Spurge  (Euphorbia) available in the nursery trade. We have tried to include the most commonly used species ones in this list.
  • Caution should be used with all types of Euphorbia.
  • Wear protective clothing when working with this plant, such as long sleeves, long pants, gloves, sturdy shoes and eye protection.
  • Supervise pets and children playing near this plant.
  • Note how large the plant grows and plant it a safe distance away from sidewalks and paths.