Spurge, also called prostrate spurge or milk purslane, thrives in most soils. It is often found in lawns, shrub beds, and cracks in walkways and driveways. The low-growing plant can form dense mats up to 2 feet across. Leaves are oval and pale to dark green with a purple smudge. When broken, the slender stems ooze a milky white sap that may irritate the skin. Small pinkish-white flowers bloom and produce seeds from May to October. Many of the seeds remain dormant over the winter and sprout the following spring. Some sprout immediately.
These shallow-rooted plants can be hand-pulled or hoed. Keep the lawn well watered to discourage spurge from invading dry areas.