petty spurge


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Noun1.petty spurge - an Old World spurge introduced as a weed in the eastern United States
Euphorbia, genus Euphorbia - type genus of the Euphorbiaceae: very large genus of diverse plants all having milky juice
spurge - any of numerous plants of the genus Euphorbia; usually having milky often poisonous juice
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I find a clump of petty spurge growing in a back alley, and the rather beautiful zebrina mallow, swaying in the afternoon breeze at the base of a garbage heap.
SAP from the common garden weed petty spurge appears to treat non-melanoma skin cancers, experts have found.
The sap from a plant known as petty spurge or milkweed - found by roadsides and in woodland - can 'kill' certain types of cancer cells when applied to the skin, reports the Daily Mail.