Euphorbia heterophylla L.
Mexican Fireplant, Wild Poinsettia
Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family)
Synonym(s): Euphorbia geniculata, Euphorbia prunifolia, Poinsettia geniculata, Poinsettia heterophylla
USDA Symbol: EUHE4
This species, though a weedy annual, recalls its relative, the Christmas Poinsettia (E. pulcherrima), which ranges from central Mexico south to Panama and has large, red, pink, yellow, or white leaves just below the flowering cluster. Toothed Spurge (E. dentata), which occurs from Illinois east to Pennsylvania and southward, has hairier stems, opposite leaves, and leafy bracts usually green or white at the base.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AL , AZ , CA , FL , GA , HI , LA , MS , NM , TX
Native Distribution: Southern tier of states in the U.S., from California east to Florida and Georgia.
Native Habitat: Open or wooded, disturbed areas, usually in sandy soil.
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Euphorbia heterophylla in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Euphorbia heterophylla in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Euphorbia heterophylla
MetadataRecord Modified: 2015-12-14
Research By: TWC Staff