Cancer Weed (Salvia lyrata)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Cancer Weed
Salvia lyrata

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The plant is diaphoretic and mildly laxative[222]. It can be used in the treatment of diarrhoea, coughs and colds[257].

    The fresh leaves are applied to remove warts[207]. The plant is also a folk remedy for cancer[222].

    The leaves and seeds are made into an ointment to cure wounds and sores[207].

    The root can be used to make a salve for sores[222, 257].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow March/April in a greenhouse[200]. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer. In areas where the plant is towards the limits of its hardiness, it is best to grow the plants on in a greenhouse for their first winter and plant them out in late spring of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood succeed at almost any time in the growing season[200].
Requires a very well-drained light sandy soil in a sunny position[200]. Prefers a rich soil[1]. Plants can be killed by excessive winter wet[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].
Eastern N. America – Pennsylvania to Florida, west to Texas and Illinois.

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