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EUPHORBIA pulcherrima (SONORA WHITE GLITTER)

Image of Euphorbia pulcherrima 'Fisson Jinglit' (SONORA WHITE GLITTER, SONORA SERIES) PP13721

Mark A. Miller

Family

Euphorbiaceae

Botanical Name

EUPHORBIA pulcherrima 'Fisson Jinglit'( SONORA WHITE GLITTER, SONORA SERIES) PP13721

Plant Common Name

Poinsettia, Sonora White Glitter Poinsettia

General Description

What a glowing holiday poinsettia! The high-performing, novelty poinsettia, Sonora™ White Glitter, is distinguished by its showy red bracts covered with festive white speckles. It is compact, bushy and has medium sized blooms. In the 2003 National Poinsettia Trials at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, North Carolina it was judged the second most popular poinsettia out of 104 other selections. It was bred in Hillscheid, Germany by Katharina Zerr as a naturally occurring mutation of 'Fisson Jingle' (Sonora™ Jingle). Contemporary poinsettias such as this are bred for the potted plant industry.

This popular holiday plant has a surprising identity. Most don’t realize the poinsettia is actually a medium-sized deciduous shrub native to western Mexico. In fact, Mexican flame leaf is another of its common names. When grown in its natural environment, this leggy tender shrub is a far cry from the neat, bushy greenhouse-grown potted plants we purchase during the holidays.

All poinsettias have upright woody stems lined with large, thin, deep green leaves. This selection is most admired for its huge red and white petal-like bracts that surround small inconspicuous clusters of flowers. The flowers appear from winter to spring in response to short days and long nights. In the wild this deciduous shrub is usually leafless when in bloom. Only pampered greenhouse specimens are in full leaf in the dead of winter.

Poinsettia requires full to partial sun and average to fertile well-drained soil. In the cooler parts of its hardiness range it should be grown in a sheltered site. Where tender, poinsettia can be grown as a houseplant in a sunny window or conservatory. So, try nurturing those holiday leftovers rather than relinquishing them to the compost heap.

It can be challenging to get this tender ornamental to re-bloom because flowering is triggered by short days and long nights. The best method is to provide it with ample and consistent natural daylight, which will allow its natural blooming cycle to take place.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 10

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    24'-28' / 9.4in - 11.0in

  • Width

    33'-36' / 13.0in - 14.2in

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Winter, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Mexico

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Red, Pink

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Green, Tan

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No