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Euphorbia Marginata

Euphorbia Marginata

Euphorbia Marginata

Euphorbia marginata, also called cape weed or green sword plant, is a plant from the Euphorbiaceae family that is native to South Africa. It is known for its toxic needle-like leaves which have spread to 37 countries, where it poses a risk to livestock, humans, and other animals.Snow-on-the-mountain has grey-green leaves along branches and smaller leaves (bracts or cyathophylls) in terminal whorls with edges trimmed with wide white bands, creating, together with the white flowers, the appearance that gives the plant its common names. Kanda, Ken-ichi; Tsuruta, Haruo (1995-06-01). "Emissions of sulfur gases from various types of terrestrial higher plants". Soil Science and Plant Nutrition. 41 (2): 321–328. doi:10.1080/00380768.1995.10419589. ISSN 0038-0768.

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Contact with plant can cause irritation of skin, eyes, and mucous membranes. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a person�s age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their curiosity and small size. Toxicity can vary in a plant according to season, the plant�s different parts, and its stage of growth; and plants can absorb toxic substances, such as herbicides, pesticides, and pollutants from the water, air, and soil.Valued as much for its dramatically variegated foliage as for its long-lasting flowers, Euphorbia marginata (Snow On The Mountain) is a single-stemmed annual adorned with oval light green leaves, the upper leaves being striped or margined white, and sometimes even solid white. Tiny flowers, each with white, petal-like bracts, are borne in clusters atop the stems from midsummer to early fall. The overall effect is very eye-catching. Standing out during all its growing season, this remarkable plant is resilient to most pests and diseases, is deer and rabbit resistant and is easy to care for. Perfect for wildflower meadows or perennial borders.

Snow on the Mountain is known for its very colorful and unique foliage. This plant is grown for its vibrant leaves as much as its tiny white flowers, which are at the top of the plant in flat clusters. It has an attractive appearance with the branching and bushy appearance in maturity. This plant attracts insects for the pollen and nectar it provides. Mammalian species do not eat any part of the plant because of the toxic white latex it has.Growing your own plants from seed is the most economical way to add natives to your home. Before you get started, one of the most important things to know about the seeds of wild plants is that many have built-in dormancy mechanisms that prevent the seed from germinating. In nature, this prevents a population of plants from germinating all at once, before killing frosts, or in times of drought. To propagate native plants, a gardener must break this dormancy before seed will grow. (Source: www.prairiemoon.com)

 

 

 

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