Welcome to the TEAM Leafy
Spurge website where we have compiled hundreds of articles and other
information for you on the noxious weed leafy spurge and its management. As
we are currently in the midst of updating and transferring those hundreds of
items from our previous site to this new one, if you donít find what you
need here, consider visiting our former site at the link above. Also scroll
down this page to see brief info and a few quick links on the weed and its
A native of Europe and Asia, leafy spurge is an aggressive, persistent, deep-rooted perennial weed that invades a wide variety of habitats in the U.S. and Canada.
For more information, click
Leafy Spurge above.
Listed as a noxious weed in 35 states, leafy spurge crowds out desirable plants, is toxic to cattle and horses, and costs producers and taxpayers an estimated $144 million a year in just four states alone (Montana, Wyoming and North and South Dakota).
For more information click
Leafy Spurge above.
A variety of tools, including biological control, multi-species grazing and herbicides, are needed to control leafy spurge in both the short and long term. However, biological control holds the most promise for long-term, sustainable leafy spurge management when incorporated as part of an integrated pest management plan.
Click here for all
information relating to Biological Control,
Grazing, and Herbicides to
control leafy spurge. How-to manuals for all three tools are also available
in our Info Products section.
Here on our website, of
course, but our Links page also features a list
of sites with additional information.
TEAM Leafy Spurge was a six year research and demonstration program focused on the Little Missouri River and associated watersheds in Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. Its goal was to research, develop and demonstrate ecologically based, integrated pest management (IPM) strategies for landowners and land managers to achieve effective, affordable leafy spurge control. The program ran from 1998-2004 and was sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in connection with USDA-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). This site provides information on much of what was learned!
The information developed
under the program is provided here courtesy of the
USDA-ARS Northern Plains
Agricultural Research Laboratory (NPARL), Sidney, MT.