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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Philadelphia Flower Show 2020 - Euphorbia

If you've been hanging around this blog for a few years, you know I also love Euphorbia. There is an almost bizarre amount of variation in the genus. The common name of the genus is Spurge. You might know the local wildflower Flowering Spurge, Euphorbia corollata, or the super-prickly house plant Crown of Thorns, Euphorbia milii, or at least the Poinsettia, Euphorbia pulcherrima!

Well, here are a few from the most recent Philadelphia Flower Show.

Euphorbia globosa caught my eye. Certainly the name comes from the globose thickened areas, but I don't know if the white color is standard or if this is some variegated sport.

Euphorbia globosa

Here's one that grows with a cascading form. It's Euphorbia Boiteaui var. 'Spirosticha.' I don't think I've ever seen this one before. I always wonder how they transport these huge hanging plants to the flower show.

Euphorbia boiteaui var spriosticha

Here's a regular at the show. There are usually a couple of these. Euphorbia lactea, 'White Ghost.'

Euphorbia lactea white ghost

And another of the same species but not any cultivated variety. Just a plain E. lactea. In the past, I've shown you the fasciated version called Crested E. lactea

Euphorbia lactea

And here's one that doesn't look anything like the others from today. In fact, you might think this looks more like a poinsettia but without the colored bracts. This is Euphorbia leuconeura,

Euphorbia leuconeura

and if you take apart the species name you have leuco=white, and neura=nerve or vein. Indeed, the young plants have white veins.

Euphorbia leuconeura

Finally for today, we have Euphorbia stellata, or "like a star." I can see that in the growth form. The spiraling stems are nifty too.

Euphorbia stellata

In other news: I did set a goal for today, but it was a sedentary one. I want to read Ivanhoe. I don't think I ever actually read the book. Found it for free on line, but it was difficult to tell how long it is. The answer is... pretty long. I'm about halfway through. Of course, I have to keep looking up words and British history to make sense of it all, so that slows me down considerably. It started out pretty slow, but I'm into it now. Doubt I'll finish tonight, though. We're supposed to get thunderstorms. So far, only gray. I could have gone for a hike. But I'm enjoying the knights and Robin Hood.

See 2013 Flower Show Euphorbia

1 comment:

Ann said...

All fascinating plants. That's a good question, I wonder too how they transport the huge hanging plants.