POINSETTIA – THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS PLANT
I love poinsettias! To me, it just isn’t Christmas without one.
My husband always gets me some of the plants around Thanksgiving. I’m able to keep them alive until after Valentine’s Day. That’s pure luck as I don’t have a green thumb!
Here’s a few things you might not know about this wonderful plant:
• It is known for its colorful foliage with there being over 100 varieties of poinsettias
• Among the colors are red, white, yellow, pink, burgundy, cinnamon, purple, multi-colors, marbled, and speckled
• Red is the most chosen color by shoppers
• The flower is not the true flower of the poinsettia plant
• The flowers are small and found in the yellow center of the stalk
• The flowers do not attract pollinators
• The colorful blooms are modified leaves called bracts that surround the true flower of the poinsettia
• It is widely used in Christmas floral displays
• Poinsettias contribute over $250 million to the U.S. economy
• The species is known as Euphorbia pulcherrim
• It is native to Mexico and will grow 10-15 feet tall in the wild
• Poinsettias were once considered weeds
• Joel Roberts Poinsett (1779-1851), a botanist, physician and the first United States Ambassador to Mexico, introduced the poinsettia plant to the United States
• December 12th is National Poinsettia Day that marks the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett
• The word Poinsettia is traditionally capitalized because it is named after a person
For buying, growing, and caring for poinsettias – see Today’s Homeowner.
For pruning, transplanting, and getting your poinsettias to bloom again next December – see Rodale’s Organic Life.
My fav used to be red but after receiving a white one, it’s now my fav color, so beautiful!
Do you celebrate the holidays with poinsettias? What is your fav color?