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Paintedleaf, Fire-on-the-mountain
Euphorbia cyathophora

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

General Landscape Uses: Not recommended for general landscape use. It can be incorporated into habitat restorations but it can be very aggressive, recruiting readily from seed and growing very quickly.

Availability: Occasionally grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Medium herbaceous wildflower.

Dimensions: 1-2 feet in height; generally taller than broad.

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: Widespread in North America, the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America; a naturalized weed in Hawaii and elsewhere.

Plant Map Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Coastal and disturbed uplands.

Soils: Moist to dry, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, without humus.

Nutritional Requirements: Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Secondary line; tolerates significant salt wind without injury, but usually is somewhat protected.

Drought Tolerance: High; does not require any supplemental water once established.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: the flowers are green, subtended by large reddish leafy bracts.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy.

Flowering Season: All year.

Fruit: Insignificant capsule.

References: Hammer 2004

Comments: See also the Florida Wildflower Foundation's Flower Friday page.

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

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