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Wild poinsettia is a colorful Florida native plant thatasy to grow. It crowds out weeds and attracts butterflies such as the white peacock and honeybees that drink nectar from its tiny flowers.

Although Florida’s wild poinsettia is not as showy as the cultivated Christmas poinsettia, it retains many of the same characteristics. Both plants have milky sap, and all parts of the plants are poisonous. (This is something to remember in placing any poinsettia near small children or pets who might try to take a taste.)

Both plants have very small greenish-yellow flowers surrounded by leaves, many of which are a combination of bright reds and green. So it is the leaves and not the flowers that make both species attractive. In Southwest Florida, the plants bloom throughout the year.

Source: Charlotte County Florida Weekly

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