Latin name: Euphorbia Marginata

Meaning:Spurge with (white) varigation on leaf margins

Common name: Snow-on-the-Mountain

Plant family: Euphorbiaceae or Spurge

Date/Location of specimen:August 2015 volunteer in my garden

Description: Euphorbia marginata, snow-on-the-mountain, smoke-on-the-prairie, variegated spurge, whitemargined spurge, is a small shrub in the Euphorbiaceae or spurge family. Native in North America.1 Grown as much for its foliage as for its flowers, snow-on-the-mountains small but showy leaves may be light green, variegated or entirely white. They clasp erect, many-branched stems which grow 1-3 ft. tall. Tiny flowers, each with whitish, petal-like bracts, are borne in clusters atop the stems.2

Pest/Disease & Gardening Limitations: Milky sap may cause dermatitis. Plant parts (fresh or dried) and extracts made from them can be toxic if ingested to both humans and cattle. Ingestion causes inflammtion or blistering of the mouth, throat, and esophagus. Contact with plant can cause irritation of skin, eyes, and mucous membranes. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a persons age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their curiosity and small size.2


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