The Q&A Archives: Summer Pointsetta

Question: As a kid, my dad would plant seeds that grew a tall (2-4 ft)stalk with a crimson leaf-like flower at the top. At one point I saw that it might be called a summer pointsetta. Does this have another name? Are the seeds available to buy? Thanks.

Answer: The plant might be Euphorbia heterophylla, the Mexican Fire Plant. It's a summer annual growing to 3' tall with bright green leaves. In summer the upper leaves are blotched bright red and white, giving the appearance of a poinsetta. If this is your plant, seeds are available from Thompson & Morgan, Inc. (800-274-7333).

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