Cancer radium weed euphorbia peplus petty spurge seeds


Native to northern Africa (i.e. Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia), the Azores, the Madeira Islands, the Canary Islands, Europe (Denmark, Finland, UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, western Russia, Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Romania, Yugoslavia, France, Portugal and Spain) and western Asia.

Naturalised Distribution

Widely naturalised in Australia and mostly found throughout the southern and eastern parts of the country. It is common in southern Queensland, throughout New South Wales and Victoria, in the ACT and Tasmania, in many parts of South Australia and in the south-western and southern parts of Western Australia. Also naturalised on Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Islands and occasionally naturalised in the southern parts of the Northern Territory.

Widely naturalised is other parts of the world including New Zealand, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii, the USA and Canada.


Petty spurge ( Euphorbia peplus ) is a very widespread introduced species that has been present in Australia since shortly after settlement. It is a common weed of gardens, footpaths, disturbed sites, waste areas and crops that is occasionally cultivated for its medicinal properties. In many parts of the country it is not regarded as being invasive, however in certain regions and/or habitats it can be a problem. Petty spurge ( Euphorbia peplus ) is regarded as an environmental weed in parts of Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.

In New South Wales it is a common weed of moist disturbed places and is listed as an environmental weed in the wider Sydney and Blue Mountains region. It is present in conservation areas in this region (e.g. McKay Reserve and Irrawong Reserve in Pittwater) and in other parts of the state (e.g. Kooraban National Park and Berkeley Nature Reserve on the south coast and Kinchega National Park in south-western New South Wales). In Victoria, petty spurge ( Euphorbia peplus ) is generally regarded as a low priority environmental weed. However, it has been recorded from natural plant communities, such as riparian shrublands, riverine escarpment bushland and remnant grasslands, and is also present in conservation areas (i.e. Phillip Island Nature Park and Central Creek Grassland, a remnant Western Basalt Plains grassland).

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In Western Australia petty spurge ( Euphorbia peplus ) is mainly of concern in coastal habitats. For example, it is listed as one of the top ten coastal weeds of southern coast of Western Australia, between Albany and the South Australian border. It is a priority environmental weed in highly disturbed coastal foreshore areas at Joondalup and is listed as a weed of the North Coogee foreshore in Perth. It is also a weed of coastal heath vegetation on Rottnest Island, particularly in areas that have been naturally disturbed by nearby seabird nesting activity.

In South Australia petty spurge ( Euphorbia peplus ) is reported to grow on a wide range of soils, but is usually found in shaded and sheltered situations. It is on the list of invasive weeds that affect natural biodiversity in the City of Mitcham and is also present in several conservation areas in this state (e.g. Brownhill Creek Recreation Park, Cleland Conservation Park and Cudlee Creek Conservation Park). Petty spurge ( Euphorbia peplus ) has also been recorded from coastal conservation areas in Tasmania (e.g. Greens Beach/Kelso Coastal Reserve).

Note: This species is poisonous to humans and livestock and its milky sap can cause dermatitis and eye irritation.

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Cancer Radium Weed Euphorbia Peplus Petty Spurge Seeds

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Cancer Radium Weed Euphorbia Peplus Petty Spurge Seeds

Great big packet of 200+ seeds!
Plenty to get you started!

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This awesome little plant is really gaining popularity in OZ these days after many years of traditional medicinal use, all around the world.

Here is some data I pinched online>>>

“The plant has been used for centuries as a traditional folk medicine to treat conditions such as warts, asthma and several types of cancer.
But for the first time a team of scientists in Australia has carried out a clinical study of sap from Euphorbia peplus.
The study of 36 patients with a total of 48 non-melanoma lesions included basal cell carcinomas (BCC), squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) and intraepidermal carcinomas (IEC), a growth of cancerous cells confined to the outer layer of the skin. Patients had failed to respond to conventional treatment including surgery, or they refused or were unsuitable for surgery because of their age.
The patients were treated once a day for three consecutive days by an oncologist using a cotton bud to apply enough of the E.peplus sap to cover the surface of each lesion. The initial results were impressive, says findings to be released this week in the British Journal of Dermatology.
After only one month 41 of the 48 cancers had completely gone.Patients who had some of the lesions remaining were offered a second course of treatment.
After an average of 15 months following treatment, two thirds of the 48 skin cancer lesions were still showing a complete response.
Of the three types of skin cancer tested, the final outcome was a 75 per cent complete response for IEC lesions, 57 per cent for BCC and 50 per cent for SCC lesions.
Side-effects were low, with 43 per cent of patients in no pain as a result of the treatment and only 14 per cent reporting moderate pain, and only one patient encountered severe short-term pain.
In all cases of successful treatment the skin was left with a good cosmetic appearance. The researchers, from a number of medical institutions in Brisbane, attribute the benefit to the active ingredient ingenol mebutate which has been shown to destroy tumour cells.
Experts said further studies were needed and people should not try this at home as the weeds sap can be harmful to the eyes and should not be eaten.”

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Works for me and the picture is pretty self explanatory I reckon….

A quick Google scholar search should fill in the gaps, as will checking out this link. *EDIT, link died….

It can take a while to germinate, but it always comes up in the end.

50 seeds from this lot produced 30ish plants in 2months, just in standard black and gold potting mix, with a little sand mixed in. (That’s quite a saving when single plants are generally $6-15 plus delivery!)
Sprinkle the seeds on loose soil in pots and water as normal.

Some folk do say its hard to grow these guys, but I have never had any problems? Just sprinkle onto loose soil, water and wait.

Stuff comes up like a weed around the mother plants, but without regular watering, and partial shade the heat and lack of water here kills them off in the end. But, transplanted to pots and put around the side of the house they thrive!