Euphorbia cyathophora

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Painted-leaf, Wild Poinsettia


Also known as Cyathophora picta, Poinsettia cyathophora

Plant Specifics

Size:2.0 to 3.0 ft tall by 1.0 to 2.0 ft wide
Life Span:Annual to short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow,green
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:
Considerations:Euphorbia cyathophora can be quite aggressive at times invading potted plants. Sap is a skin irritant and toxic.
Propagation:From herbaceous stem cuttings. Readily self-seeds. From seed.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:6.1 to 7.8



Bees, butterflies and moths are attracted to the nectar and/or pollen.

Native Habitats:Hammocks, pinelands, disturbed areas.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

There are colorful bracts surrounding the flower head.

This plant is found across the southern US and its range extends northward into the central plains.  The range in the western panhandle may be disjunct from the range further south and east in Florida.