Painted Leaf, Wild Poinsettia
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I had one growing last year,but something ate it…..
A little internet searching led me to fact that it was the host plant for the Elio sphinx moth….
….stoopid moth ate my plant!!!!!
Turns out they find this native plant quite tasty.
… Okay,I’m over it now….
But it has returned this year!!!!!
Bigger and better than ever!
It’s hard to keep a good poinsettia down….
….stoopid moths better stay away this year!
I know they can be considered invasive,but they are a native wildflower,and as long as the moth caterpillars keep them in check,I don’t see a problem.