Scarlet Plume


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Scarlet Plume
Common Name: Scarlet Plume
Botanical Name: Euphorbia fulgens (you-FOR-bee-a FUL-jens)
Decorative Life: About 7 days.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Remove bottom leaves if present, recut stems under water and place in a hydration, bleach or fresh flower solution. In most cases, flower food solutions do not add vaselife and can speed up leaf yellowing. Unlike its sister plant poinsettia (see Euphorbia pulcherrima), placing stems in hot water is not beneficial.
  • There is also data showing that treatment with an anti-yellowing spray or uptake solution containing a gibberellin is beneficial, especially when used in conjunction with an anti-ethylene product.
Harvest Instructions: Cultivar selection can be important as leaf yellowing differences can vary greatly.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Euphorbiaceae (spurge) family.
  • Native to Mexico.
  • Related species include poinsettia, crown-of-thorns.
Personality:
  • Flowers 1/2 inch long, occur along stem in drooping, wand-like sprays up to 1 foot long.
  • Stems drooping, 2-3 feet long.
  • Plant is a perennial shrub, classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
  • Flowers are not fragrant.
Availability: Late autumn and winter.
Flower Color: Orange, red, yellow, pink, white.
Storage Specifics: Holding this species even for short period of times at 50F or lower can be damaging. Therefore, it is chill sensitive.
Tidbits:
  • Named after Euphorbus, the physician to the king of Mauritania, Juba.
  • Colored parts of flowers are not petals, but are actually bracts. The specific epithet name fulgens means shining.
  • In addition to the many ornamental species in this family, others yield rubber, edible fruits and roots and have valuable medicinal properties.
  • As with other Euphorbia, this species contains a white latex type material that is exuded when plant parts are broken.
  • Many Euphorbia species have been shown to cause dermatitis related problems with some individuals but the precise potential reactions (if any) from this species have not been located to date in the literature.