This innocuous looking plant is a true garden pest call Spurge. That’s a strange name, but it fits because to me, Spreading + Scourge = Spurge. This low-lying weed pops up in spring and summer in sunny areas and forms dense mats that choke other plants and grass. It’s amazing how fast it spreads and it's everywhere--in grass, flower beds, and even walkway cracks. I’ve been pulling Spurge up for weeks and it seems that every day, new plants appear.
I’m glad I wear gloves when gardening because the milky sap is an irritant and is even poisonous to some animals. Too bad because this is one plant I wouldn’t mind if the deer or squirrels decimated.