Painted Spurge or Dwarf Poinsettia

Dwarf Poinsettia.

Common name

Painted Spurge or Dwarf Poinsettia

Scientific Name

Euphorbia cyathophora

Type of plant


About this weed

Painted Spurge was introduced as a garden plant and has established itself along the eastern edge of Lake Cooloongup near Fifty Road in Perth’s southern suburbs where this photo was taken. The plant was originally native to tropical America.


This annual grows to 1.5 m high with main stems erect, often with branched lateral branches. It has conspicuous green and red floral leaves in a fiddle shape. Although it may flower at any time its main flowering season is July to December. The flowers are small and at the terminal head of the stem.

Impact on Bushland

Not available.


Found in a few isolated areas of the State including Koolan Island, Derby, the Abrolhos Islands and Perth.

Priority for removal

Low: causes minimal disruption to ecological processes or loss of biodiversity.

Management (hand)

Not available.

Management (herbicide)

Not available.

Flowering month/s

February, July, August, September, October, November, December

Flower colour/s

Green, Red

Information source

Additional information

Hussey, B.M.J., Keighery, G.J., Dodd, J., Lloyd, S.G. and Cousens, R.D. (2007) Western weeds. A guide to the weeds of Western Australia, Second Edition, The Weeds Society of Western Australia, Victoria Park, Western Australia.

Painted Spurge or Dwarf Poinsettia images


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