Summer Pointsetta - Knowledgebase Question

Nellysford, VA
Question by jmcraig42
February 28, 2001
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 from NGA
February 28, 2001


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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