Mountain Snow (Euphorbia marginata)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Mountain Snow
Euphorbia marginata
Euphorbiaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    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].

  • Edible Use

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

  • Cautionary Notes

    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].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in situ. Germination usually takes place within 2 – 3 weeks at 20¡c.
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].
Central N. America. A garden escape in S.E. Europe.

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