Snow-on-the-mountain ~ Euphorbia marginata

September 24, 2009

blooming snow on mtn

The variegated green and white of this annual euphorbia make it an interesting cut flower and a wonderful filler.  Once cut, the stems bleed a milky sap that can irritate skin, so gloves should be worn when harvesting.  After cutting, the stems need to be seared; dip the stem ends in a small pot of boiling water for 20-30 seconds, then proceed with conditioning.  Has a long vase life.

Growing information:

Height – 36 to 40 inches

Annual – can be started indoors or direct seeded outdoors.

Harvest about 100 days after planting, foliage variegation occurs when days begin to shorten.

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