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snow-on-the-mountain

[snoh-on-th uh-moun-tn, -awn-] /ˈsnoʊ ɒn ðəˈmaʊn tn, -ɔn-/
noun
1.
a spurge, Euphorbia marginata, of the western U.S., having leaves with white margins and white petallike bracts.
Also called ghost-weed.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80, Americanism
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snow-on-the-mountain

noun
1.
a North American euphorbiaceous plant, Euphorbia marginata, having white-edged leaves and showy white bracts surrounding small flowers
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(Euphorbia marginata), succulent plant of the spurge family (Euphorbiaceae), native to the central plains of the United States. The plants, which grow to a height of 60 cm (2 feet), have long, oval, light green foliage, with white-margined leaves near the top, where several white whorls of bracts (leaflike structures) are clustered. The plant has long been a favourite as a garden annual and in flower arrangements, but some people are allergic to its white latex sap.

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