Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Euphorbia heterophylla L. var. cyathophora (Murr.) Boiss.

The species Euphorbia heterophylla is an annual with ovate, sometimes variegated leaves and small flowers surrounded with scarlet bracts.  To 90cm.  [RHSD, Hortus].  The variety cyathophora, described nearly 100 years before the type, varies from the type ‘not only in its mostly pandurate [fiddle-shaped] leaves (the floral ones commonly purplish- or reddish-splotched) but in its more rounded, ecarinate [keelless] seeds’.  [Annals of the Missouri Botanic Garden vol.25 p.72/1938].

Horticultural & Botanical History

No data.

History at Camden Park

Seed order to Hurst and McMullen, Seedsmen and Florists of London, on 8th April 1846.  [MP A2933-1, p.132].  There is no record of seed being received or of this plant growing in the gardens.


Published Feb 24, 2009 - 05:17 PM | Last updated Jul 18, 2010 - 03:30 PM

Family Euphorbiaceae
Region of origin


  • Poinsettia cyathophora (Murr.) Bartl.
  • Euphorbia cyathophora Murr.
Common Name

Painted Spurge, Dwarf Poinsettia

Name in the Camden Park Record

Euphorbia cyathophora 

Confidence level high