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Officinal Spurge
Scientific Name: Euphorbia resinifera Berg.
Synonym: Euphorbia sansalvador
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Officinal Spurge (Euphorbia  resinifera) Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9-11

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to 20 F (-6C) for short periods

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 45F (7C)

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: Morocco

Growth Habits: Spiny shrub branching from the base, up to 5 feet tall

Watering Needs: Moderate water during the summer months, less water in winter

Propagation: Cuttings

This euphorb is one of the oldest documented medicinal plants. The pharmaceutical substance euphorbium, used for his drastic, purgative and emetic properties was extracted from it. According to Pliny the Elder, it got its name from Euphorbus, the Greek physician of Juba II, king of Mauritania. In turn, this gave its name to the genus Euphorbia.

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Cut branches will generate quantity of latex. Wash it away, being careful not to put any on yourself since it is very irritating. Let the branch dry for a week before planting.

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