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Euphorbia marginata - Pursh.

Common Name Mountain Snow, Ghost Spurge, Ghost Weed
Family Euphorbiaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards The sap contains a latex which is toxic on ingestion and highly irritant externally, causing photosensitive skin reactions and severe inflammation, especially on contact with eyes or open cuts. The toxicity can remain high even in dried plant material[200]. Prolonged and regular contact with the sap is inadvisable because of its carcinogenic nature[214].
Habitats Infrequent to locally abundant, the plant has a liking for calcareous soils of prairies, roadsides, pastures and waste places[228].
Range Central N. America. A garden escape in S.E. Europe.
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Weed Potential Yes
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Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Euphorbia marginata Mountain Snow, Ghost Spurge, Ghost Weed


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Summary

Bloom Color: White. Main Bloom Time: Early fall, Late summer. Form: Rounded.


Physical Characteristics

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Euphorbia marginata is a ANNUAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.3 m (1ft in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4. It is in flower in September. The species is monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Gum

A latex from the plant is used for chewing[61, 177, 257]. Caution is advised, see the notes on toxicity above.

Medicinal Uses

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Astringent  Galactogogue  Salve  Women's complaints

Astringent, women's complaints. Used in the treatment of leucorrhoea[4]. An infusion of the crushed leaves has been used as a liniment in the treatment of swellings[257]. An infusion of the plant has been used to increase milk flow in nursing mothers[257]. Any medicinal use of this plant should be carried out with great care, see the notes above on toxicity[257].

Other Uses

Gum

None known

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Specimen. Prefers a light well-drained moderately rich loam in an open position[200]. Succeeds in dry soils[1]. A very ornamental plant, its long-lasting flowers are used in button holes[1]. Hybridizes with other members of this genus[200]. The ripe seed is released explosively from the seed capsules[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[233]. This genus has been singled out as a potential source of latex (for making rubber) for the temperate zone, although no individual species has been singled out[141]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, North American native, Naturalizing, All or parts of this plant are poisonous, Wetlands plant.

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ. Germination usually takes place within 2 - 3 weeks at 20°c.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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