The Q&A Archives: Anti-gopher Plant"

Question: A friend of mine told me that she had heard about a plant that might repel gophers from your yard. Is there such a plant?

Answer: There is an old-fashioned annual plant that is sometimes called "Mole Plant" or "Gopher Purge." The Latin name is Euphorbia lathyris. This plant exudes an irritating sap and was said to repel moles if simply planted at regular intervals around the garden.

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