Pretty weed has a nasty surprise

Pretty weed has a nasty surprise

There are 29 comments on the KUSA Denver story from Apr 27, 2007, titled Pretty weed has a nasty surprise. In it, KUSA Denver reports that:

" Parents got quite the scare after several neighborhood children came down with similar symptoms, including swollen faces and blisters.

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Betty

Denver, CO

#1 Apr 27, 2007
Okay, I'm sure this will be blamed on the Illeagal Immigrants so let's get the ball rolling.
Angela

Denver, CO

#2 Apr 27, 2007
About 20 years ago, a friend of mine and I got into a war with this. We were splattering each other with the sticky milk inside. We went home and woke up with our faces covered in blisters. Poison Control stated that this was a substance that was used by Indians to stun and kill fish, I guess they put it on their spears. I was 16 or 17 y.o. and was mortified to wake up with blisters all over my face. My mom took my friend and I to the Emergency Clinic and we got shots and it cleared up real quick. 20 years later, and I just saw the guy pulling it ALL from his yard last week!
Angela

Denver, CO

#3 Apr 27, 2007
About 20 years ago, a friend of mine and I got into a war with this. We were splattering each other with the sticky milk inside. We went home and woke up with our faces covered in blisters. Poison Control stated that this was a substance that was used by Indians to stun and kill fish, I guess they put it on their spears. I was 16 or 17 y.o. and was mortified to wake up with blisters all over my face. My mom took my friend and I to the Emergency Clinic and we got shots and it cleared up real quick. 20 years later, and I just saw the guy pulling it ALL from his yard last week!
Angela

Denver, CO

#4 Apr 27, 2007
About 20 years ago, a friend of mine and I got into a war with this. We were splattering each other with the sticky milk inside. We went home and woke up with our faces covered in blisters. Poison Control stated that this was a substance that was used by Indians to stun and kill fish, I guess they put it on their spears. I was 16 or 17 y.o. and was mortified to wake up with blisters all
Haha

Aspen, CO

#5 Apr 27, 2007
Betty wrote:
Okay, I'm sure this will be blamed on the Illeagal Immigrants so let's get the ball rolling.
Well it is not "native" to colorado....
Karalot

Denver, CO

#7 Apr 28, 2007
Thank you to 9 news for posting this. We have this in several places in our yard and didn't know that it was dangerous. It explains the blisters that one of our daughters got on her hands and feet one day after weed pulling.
Thanks again!
Pam

United States

#8 Apr 28, 2007
We live out in Elbert county and this weed is taking over pastures and fields. It is very toxic to horses and cows but I understand that goats can eat it (however, not having any goats I don't know if this is true). I have also heard a rumor that you can get some sort of beatle releashed that eat will eat the weed but I have not been able to find out where you can call to get the beetle. Can anyone tell me the following about this weed:(1)are there really beetles that can you get and release to eat the weed?(2)can goats actually eat it with no harm to them?(3)Do you know how the law applies to a pasture or field that is being taken over?(4)Any suggestions, other than above, about how a farmer or rancher best get rid of this weed without damaging other plants or livestock?
Tragic

Broomfield, CO

#9 Apr 28, 2007
This is a very useful news piece, thank you. I've had these in the yard forever, being somewhat attractive plants, looking very X-scape, I never thought they were illegal or could cause such problems. Both are useful to know! Thanks guys.
steve

Golden, CO

#10 Apr 28, 2007
Hey i learned something new!
Amelia

Denver, CO

#11 Apr 28, 2007
Pam-I did a Google and from what I can understand, goats and sheep can eat it but cows and horses cannot. It is unpalatable to them so I don't believe they will eat it. The seeds from Myrtle Spurge can spread up to 15 feet. It is illegal in the State of Colorado. I'm not sure how you can remove it without causing damage to other plants, unless you pulled it weed by weed. If you do that, wear long sleeve pants and shirt and use gloves. Maybe you can call your county department to find the best way to remove safely.
Jean

Aspen, CO

#12 Apr 28, 2007
Is this the same plant as "seedum"? Looks very similar, is in lots of yards in Denver. Seedum also has milky white "juice".
Amgigg

Denver, CO

#13 Apr 28, 2007
I knew a girl named Myrtle Splurge once....
Chelsea

Denver, CO

#14 Apr 28, 2007
Hi im lucas stierle brother and teresas dauter i got it to if u wached 9 news on 4/27/07 u would have seen me it was horible what i went through
Tragic

Broomfield, CO

#15 Apr 28, 2007
Chelsea wrote:
Hi im lucas stierle brother and teresas dauter i got it to if u wached 9 news on 4/27/07 u would have seen me it was horible what i went through
Well we're sure glad you're OK now!
Kailee Van Tine

Denver, CO

#16 Apr 28, 2007
i thank you for this update, i really think that EVERYONE nedds or deserves to know about this. i think that this is soooo importtain and i think that we should have doctors be telling and showing their pationts about this plant. even though this is perity i really think that everyone deserves to live a life that they want and i thik that they shouldn't have to be doing a kind thing like picking flowers and then see oh this is pritty and pick this plant that can do so much harm to you. no i just don't think that that is fare! so please try somehow to get EVERYONE TO KNOW ABOUT THIS UGLY PLANT!!!
Someone

Denver, CO

#17 Apr 28, 2007
Oh lookey that flowr.. I'm gunna eat it then rub it all over myself for lotion...
*the next day*
Ow mommy it hurts! my eyes are puffy and i have a stomach ache

whaddya think!?'Oh god eat this puffer fish whole.. see if ya die.'

wouldya?

'eat this poisoned meat.. will ya die?"

wouldya?

"Rub this battery acid allover for lotion.. will it burn?'

Wouldya?

COMMON SCENSE!!!
Someone

Denver, CO

#18 Apr 28, 2007
Angela..
got enough posts there?

god!

"I'll put this in 3 tiems to annoy people..and make the 3 incomplete just to make them mad"

go back to mexico

Since: Apr 07

Pleasanton, CA

#19 Apr 28, 2007
Someone wrote:
Angela..
got enough posts there?
god!
"I'll put this in 3 tiems to annoy people..and make the 3 incomplete just to make them mad"
go back to mexico
Pot...kettle...black. Learn to spell.
Shey

Colorado Springs, CO

#20 Apr 28, 2007
Where'd you learn to spell, Someone? In another country? Got a green card?
llunaa

Aurora, CO

#21 Apr 28, 2007
This is bullcrap! I bought this plant in a garden center 5 years ago! It has never exploded (like the media say's) into another plant or weed. I work around it all the time in my garden, and I have never even had a itch..All of a sudden this year,, it is a weed? Sick of the FDA banning plants that have been around longer than they have!!!!! All of are natural cures are being shut down by the FDA, for fake meds. It is time to say NO MORE... We have lost so many of nature natual cures, and plants because of BIG GOVERMENT.. I say we need to put are foot down!
A Colorado Witch...Please Do Not Burn Me!
Val

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