I am hardly knowledgeable about northwest plants, but somehow this doesn't look like a weed to me. I'd say you have time to watch it and see what happens before there's a chance of crowding out your Naked Ladies.
Thanks Douglas, That's what I thought too.
It looks very similar to a plant they sell here at the local nursery that they call a gopher plant, or gopher purge...something like that anyway. (except for the light coloring~ a different variety perhaps?) Its supposed to repel them from your garden..
@Debra P That was my first thought too.
It does look like Gophers' Spurge, which is actually in the Euphorbia family, and has that milky sap like a Poinsettia. It is supposed to deter gophers, but in reality ...not so much. Be careful handling it as it can be an irritant to your skin and all parts are listed as poisonous. It can also be invasive if it likes the spot it is in. I would say put some gloves on and pull it up if you want to make sure your naked ladies are not vulnerable
Thanks everyone!.. @360 Sod (Donna Dixson) and @ I think you are right. I did some reading on it too and as soon as I got home I pulled it. I have too many kids and animals in my yard to let something like that stay.
Carroll, Im in Cottage Grove, I've got them too! They just popped up on the shady north side of my house.
Here is a quick link, they do die off and are poisonous to gophers.
Hi @Patricia W , These popped up in a full sun, west facing bed and I have not found them anywhere else in my yard. Thanks for the link/information!
My Mom called it a MILK WEED.....invasive, can cause irritation to the skin..... DIG it out ASAP,, may have to repeat next year..don't pull it,,dig it out..
Monarch butterflies depend on milkweed as their food source. It looks more to me like lavender or even rosemary.
Sally...my first impression was also rosemary.
It is called milkweed in the PNW... I think it can spread quite easy..if I remember what my mom told me it is considered a weed here.. and can cause a rash if you get it on your hands or arms..... I'd say dig it out unless you have gopher problems..
@If it is MIlkweed - the Derby Junior Garden Club is saving it for the butterflies.
I don't think you have to worry about the Naked Ladys as they are really strong and take over and pop up everywhere.
Could be rosemary. Does it smell like an herb when you rub it with your fingers?
It turned out to be weeds.
If you don't want it there, it's a weed!