Believe me when I say that if Fire-on-the Mountain were blooming right now, I would pot it up and use it for my holiday decorations.
I am serious! It's a lovely over looked native!
|I love this simple plant|
It's the innermost parts of each bract that turn a vibrant red from midsummer to frost. That's how it got its many names~dwarf poinsettia, fire on the mountain, fire-on-the-mountain, Mexican fire plant, painted leaf, painted poinsettia, painted spurge, painted-leaf, painted-leaf spurge, poinsettia, summer poinsettia, wild poinsettia. To me it's either Fire on the Mountain or Wild Poinsettia!
If you garden for wildlife, you'll love that small insects, butterflies and sphinx moths are attracted to the yellow pollen found in the clusters of small flowers (known as 'cyanthia') and that the Sphinx moths forage on the foliage!
|source: Paul Rebmann UTK Herbarium*|
Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.
It's a lovely looking native indeed! Much prefer that over pulcherrimaReplyDelete
A wonderful choice for the season. I like this one a lot also and it grows native in my area. I'd love to bring it into my garden if I can find it. Meanwhile I'm watching for seeds on some I spotted recently in a garden where I volunteer.ReplyDelete
I've never heard of this before, but now I want it bad. I love that subtle touch of red in your first photo, so much better than the overblown Pointsettia.ReplyDelete
Oh Gail what a fabulous plant I wish grew here....I can see why you love it so....ReplyDelete
That's a beauty. I wonder how it would fare in a pot indoors? I see that it's native here in Wisconsin, too, but wouldn't it be fun to have an indoor plant or two to display during the holidays?ReplyDelete
I didn't know there was such a thing. Pretty.ReplyDelete
So pretty and I would love to have this native but it is not easy to find around here. I thought I had it growing but it turned out to be a weedy look-alike euphorbia. Similar leaves, same seed heads but no red. And it is prolific.ReplyDelete
Oh wow, I've never seen this before. Very cute!!ReplyDelete
I found a source for a variegated version of this plant called 'Yokoi's White' and we used it in a display at work this past summer, and it did very well. We brought several of the plants into the greenhouse for the winter in hopes we can use it again next year.ReplyDelete
I had one come up in a flower pot in my yard I had no ideal what it was until today when my told me what it was!!!ReplyDelete