Virginia Copperleaf is a summer annual weed in the spurge family, but unlike many members of the Euphorbiaceae family, its stems do not exude the milky sap of many other spurges. It is found in disturbed areas, meadows, fields, woodlands and shores of rivers or lakes. Although it is considered a weed, it isn’t invasive, and is considered a native plant. Management includes hand weeding by pulling up the taproot and applying mulch. Birds eat the seeds in fall and winter and deer browse the leaves possibly leaving other plants alone.