I have a few flowers that like to “think outside the flower bed”.
One of my favorites is Snow on the Mountain (Euphorbia marginata). Note: There are a few different plants called Snow on the Mountain–that’s why botanical names are so important!
Snow on the Mountain is a reseeding annual for me. It usually pops up in early summer and by late August/early September, the plants have reached about 2 ft. tall and about 1 ft. wide.
I just never know where it’s going to pop up.
This year it came up by my Salvia ‘blue reference’. What a great combo!
Snow on the Mountain is a foliage plant but does have tiny white flowers in the center and the leaf is outlined in white giving it a flowering appearance.
The seeds are also unique. The little flowers will become green seeds and when they dry they will pop open and fly with great purpose to all areas of the garden. I actually heard this happen once. It sounds like popcorn popping! (on a smaller scale of course)
It is said that William Clark (of the Lewis and Clark Expedition) discovered this plant in 1806 while exploring the Yellowstone River in Montana. It is now grown in Thomas Jefferson’s historic Monticello Gardens in Virginia.
I must also tell you the reason I leave them alone wherever they come up. They excrete a type of sap that when touched can cause severe dermatitis and itching. Always, always, always! wear gloves when working with this plant and always, always, always! avoid touching your eyes if you’ve even thought you touched it. I speak from experience folksies! (Please ignore my bare finger in the picture)
In my garden, Snow on the Mountain is my #1 Renegade, but I love it anyway.