Euphorbia hirta

Asthma plant

Other common names:

Synonym Chamaesycs hirta, garden spurge, flowery headed spurge, Queensland asthma weed, red euphorbia.



A spreading herbaceous plant that can grow up to 40 cm tall. The weed has distinct paired leaves which are green with purple or reddish margins or near variegation. The leaves are hairy and are about 3 cm long with toothed margins. The stem and leaves of the plant contain a milky sap. Its flowers are greenish in colour and are clustered into balls along the stem. The weed has a deep root system and is commonly found within disturbed areas. The weed is distributed by its seed.


Susceptible Turf:

Predominantly warm-season turf grass varieties.


Control options:

  • Pesticides: See available tabs below for registered products. Use as per label instructions.
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Use a combination of approaches listed on this page.
  • Cultural: Nil.
  • Mechanical: Physical removal by hand.



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