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petty spurge euphorbia peplus


As a new member with I guess many more questions then answers I can hope to help with this. I had another unidentified plant in my patio garden, looked pretty and I untangled some leaves and within days had a very nasty rash up both my arms and a purple rash across my middle. It took antibiotics, steroids and weeks to clear up. Found out it was the above named plant. I have also since found out that it is being cultivated due to an enzyme it contains which seems so far to target cancer cells in the body.

Good comes from bad, but watch out for the plant.







  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,850

    That runs right through the euphorbia genus, I haven;t had that severe an injury but I treat them with respect now

  • StevedaylillyStevedaylilly Posts: 1,087

    Joe f


    euphorbia is a great plant but get that white sap on your skin and you will get the rash.An old gardener gave me some advice when cutting euphorbia - always rub soil in to your hands and the sap will not effect the skin. That why I wear glovesimage

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