Euphorbia marginata 'Kilimanjaro'

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 1 Professionals
Common Name: mountain spurge
Type: Annual
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Zone: 2 to 11
Height: 1.00 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: July to August
Bloom Description: Green
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Annual
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Colorful
Tolerate: Rabbit, Deer, Drought, Air Pollution


Best grown in medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Plants tolerate some dry soils. Plants also tolerate heat and humidity. Seed may be started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last spring frost. Transplant seedlings outside after last frost date. Plant stems may be pinched in spring to promote bushier growth. Plants will reseed in the garden.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Snow-on-the-mountain is an annual that is grown for its attractive green and white variegated foliage. Species plants are native to northwestern Missouri, but have also escaped gardens and naturalized in other parts of the state. This plant typically grows to 2’ tall. Oval upper leaves (to 3” long) are green with showy white margins. Tiny inconspicuous greenish flowers appear in clusters in summer subtended by showy white to greenish-white bracts. Stems and leaves contain a milky sap that often irritates human skin and is poisonous if ingested. ‘Kilimanjaro’ is slightly taller than the species and blooms earlier.


No serious insect or disease problems.

Garden Uses

An excellent annual variegated foliage plant for borders, meadows and cutting gardens.