Commonly referred to Prostrate Spurge, Creeping Spurge and Spotted Spurge. It’s an aggressive prostrate or low growing weed, resembling a mat up to a meter in diameter when established. Has opposing leaves along the stems and runners, and often seen with a darker spot in the middle of each leaf. The runners and stems are soft, red to brown in colour, sappy with a milk appearance when cut.
A very common weed found in bare or thin lawns, it’s resistant to harsh conditions and does well in hot dry compacted soils, often seen thriving in pavement cracks. Having a tap root gives it this resistance, and makes it a summer annual when lawns are struggling but is also easily removed. A prolific seeder, so care is needed when removing.