|The pretty leafy bracts with their fiddle shape and red bases give the plant its common names|
|This under appreciated native's flowers are a siren call to small pollinators like this green bee.|
Plants have to have more than a pretty face to be asked to live in this garden and Euphorbia cyathophora meets that requirement....it also has pretty foliage and a pretty flower face.
|Nectares are a part of this flower|
|I love this simple plant|
I don't know if you'll want to invite wild poinsettia into your garden, but, I hope you'll consider it a wildflower and not a weedy plant.
Family: Euphorbiaceae (Spurge family)
Common names: dwarf poinsettia, fire-on-the-mountain, Mexican fire plant, painted leaf, painted poinsettia, painted spurge, painted-leaf spurge, poinsettia, summer poinsettia, wild poinsettia.
Hardiness: Zones 4-10
Bloom: Late summer/early fall
Bloom Color: Red-Orange Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)
Soil: Moist to dry, well-drained, sandy soils
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Cultivation: sandy prairies, rocky glades, open or rocky woodlands, gravel bars along streams, fields, eroding banks, roadsides, areas along railroads, and waste areas. Wild Poinsettia prefers habitats with a history of disturbance.
Growth habit: 1-2+’ tall (possibly taller)
Propagation: Self-seeding-I let the seeds fall into the container, have not tried to collect them. Comments: Wild poinsettia's interesting foliage provides a nice accent in a wildflower garden or native plant landscape. It looks best when massed and in bloom. It can be very aggressive as it readily self-seeds. Plant in container to control it.
CAUTION: The milky sap is toxic and can irritate the skin. Please keep children away from Euphorbias. Mammals don't browse it!
Wildflower Wednesday is about sharing wildflowers from your part of the world, they don't have to be in bloom. It doesn't matter if we sometimes show the same plants; how they grow and thrive in your garden is what matters most. I hope you join the celebration...It's always the fourth Wednesday of the month!
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.