. . . is another man's weed.
Wild Poinsettia (Euphorbia cyathophora), Atascosa County, Texas
Strangely, this beautiful plant is considered an undesirable and invasive pest in some portions of its large range in the SE and central US. Here in central Texas, however, I have only occasionally seen it growing wild and never in large masses. Unlike its more colorful relative, the Mexican or Christmas Poinsettia (E. pulcherrima), this species generally blooms during the warmer months. Although it is occasionally used as an ornamental locally, it is difficult to find in nurseries. This particular plant is the only one of its type I have ever seen appear on our property; perhaps it grew from a seed deposited in the droppings of a bird.