Euphorbia of the Year

There are over 2000 species of named Euphorbias. Not all of them are succulents. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some are large and tree-like, while many are small like cactuses. They are found in Madagascar ,Africa, the Middle East and the Americas. They are sun-loving, and certainly prefer the warm to the cold. They are grown from seeds, cuttings, rhizomes, and sometimes even leaves. But care must be taken when dealing with these plants because they contain a poisonous sap, milky in appearance, which can be irritating, and sometimes harmful. Wash your hands thoroughly after any contact.

Let me introduce you to one of my favorite Euphorbias.  It looks very much like another popular Euphorbia; yes, the Christmas plant which we see every year. Its name is Euphorbia punicea, and its origin is Jamaica.  I would like to nominate the Flame of Jamaica, as my Euphorbia of the Year.

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