Euphorbia heterophylla

fiddler's spurge, Mexican fireplant


Synonyms:  Poinsettia heterophylla

Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: annual
Size: Height: 2-2.5 ft    Width: 1 ft
Flower Color: flower color   flower color      yellow,green
Noted for: Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Back of a wildflower garden in a casual setting. Grown en-masse, this plant can be used as a temporary groundcover.
Considerations: Reseeds overly enthusiastically and may become weedy as the year progresses.
Propagation: Reseeds on its own. Can become weedy.
Availability: Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand


Native Habitats: Ruderal, disturbed hammocks.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

The author treats this as a friendly weed and does not recommend planting it. Pull them if where there is something more desirable.

Native to the southern United States south into South America. Introduced and naturalized into other warm parts of the world.

Sap is reported to be toxic (irritating).