Sap from the weed, also known as petty spurge (Euphorbia peplus), is already used to treat corns and warts.
A sample of petty spurge extract was tested against cancer cells taken from eight patients with acute myeloid leukaemia, a particularly aggressive cancer of bone marrow stem cells.
The most popular is the Christmas houseplant poinsettia, with scarlet or cream bracts, and the most irritating the native British petty spurge
, that seeds freely and becomes a garden weed.
Spotted prostrate spurge takes over just when you have declared victory over petty spurge
(Euphorbia peplus), its cool-weather cousin.
peplus, a rapidly growing, readily available plant commonly referred to as petty spurge
or radium weed.