I thought that today I would post on the Poinsettia Plant! Many of us adorn our homes with this beautiful plant, once thought of as a weed, at this time of year! As a master gardener volunteer, I have taught a group of school aged children, each year for the last seven years about some of our most popular holiday plants. Here is a fact sheet on the poinsettia!
- Poinsettias are native to Mexico- Chile, Peru, and Brazil. In those places, the plant has other names; Crown of the Andes & Flores de Noche Buena (Flowers of the Holy Night).
- Poinsettias botanical name is Euphorbia pulcherrima which means “very beautiful” –the plants belong to a family of plants that ooze a milk-like sap. This sap can be irritating to skin.
- When poinsettias grow in nature, they can be over 10 feet tall and are considered flowering shrubs. (This is in Mexico).
- Poinsettias were introduced to The United States in 1825 by Joel Poinsett, for whom the flower is named (in the U.S. only).
- The colored parts of the plant are the leaves or bracts. The flowers are in the center of each set of bracts. The freshest flowers have little or no pollen fallen from around their bracts.
- Contrary to popular belief, poinsettias are NOT poisonous. An Ohio State study found that a 50 pound child would have to eat over 500 bracts to get a mild stomach ache. This does not mean that you eat them, however! The Aztecs used this plant for medicinal purposes in the 1400s. However, I do not suggest you eat this plant for any reason!
- Poinsettias are the most popular holiday plant today. Most are grown in California at the Paul Ecke Ranch. There are over 100 different kinds!
- December 12th is National Poinsettia Day.
- There are legends associated with the poinsettia plant. Many stories and even a few movies tell these stories.
- It is debatable how the word poinsettia is pronounced. It is somewhat like the word tomato (having two separate pronunciations, acceptable).
- One of the best showings of poinsettias I've ever seen is at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
- Last December, I saw poinsettias growing like a hedge on the island of Maui!
- Although poisettias come in many colors, red is still most popular!
Enjoy these special holiday plants! And while you've got a moment stop by my etsy shop for any last minute gifts you might need! I am running a 20% off sale on everything..........just enter the coupon code at check out ..... happyholidays20.
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