Euphorbia lathyris L., Sp. pl. 1:457. 1753 "E. lathyrus" (corr. Syst. nat. ed. 10, 2:1048. 1759 & Sp. pl. ed. 2, 1:655. 1762)
syn: Euphorbia lathyrus L., orth. var.
Though the plant is highly posonous and an invasive weed, is often sold by nurseries to repel moles. Often grown in pots but may soon become self sown It is used in folk medicine as a poison, antiseptic, and a purgative. It is used as a folk remedy for cancer, corns, and warts.
Common names: caper spurge, gopherplant, moleplant
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