A plant with an affinity for cemeteries

A little late getting to the page today, was out getting nice and wet and climbing up a nice, misty waterfall-strewn stream to the top of the mountain.

But today we’re looking at a new plant for me, cypress spurge, which several guidebooks has said are found near a cemetery but I haven’t yet unearthed (sorry!) the reason why.

I found this along the “lost” Slocum Trail, Bliuebird, that few peoole even know about.

Since this area was so heavily settled for hundreds of years I’m thinking there might be the foundation of a church in that area so gonna have to do some sleuthing.


A roadside alien from the Spurge Family, Euphorbiaceae, Cypress Spurge grows in waste areas, such as roadsides, vacant lots, and in this case, near a cemetery. I found it curious that Peterson’s Wildflower Guide mentioned cemeteries specifically as one of the places this spurge plant grows. It turns out that Cypress Spurge is actually referred to as Graveyard Weed because it often occurs in country graveyards.

Cypress Spurge is considered by three states to be undesirable. It’s prohibited in Massachusetts, listed as potentially invasive and banned in Connecticut, and it’s on the noxious weed list for Colorado

cypress spurge

Author: luzerne2112

As I get older -- and I'm 70 now -- I seem to find more and more that nature is the true source of peace, inspiration and, most of all, the truth the passeth understanding. Though my knowledge is sketchy and superficial, I wanted to share it while I can.

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