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The History of the Poinsettia

By SongofJoy
December 6, 2011

Few plants are as closely associated with any holiday the way the poinsettia is with Christmas. It's an intriguing plant with an interesting history.

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Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
Dec 5, 2011 8:33 PM CST
You did a great job with the poinsettia article. Lots of info and good advice.
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Dec 5, 2011 8:49 PM CST
I agree
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Dec 5, 2011 9:16 PM CST
Yuppers! I agree Thumbs up
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SongofJoy
Dec 6, 2011 3:10 AM CST
Thank you, Joanna, and thanks again for your lovely pictures. My brother just sent a big poinsettia for the holidays and I am determined to try to carry it over this year. Having enough room is the problem but I'll come up with something. Green Grin!
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SongofJoy
Dec 6, 2011 3:13 AM CST
Thank you, Lee Anne and Ann. I suppose there are numerous plants outside in the ground in FL. We had a lot outdoors in So Cal. They really can grow tall and large in the right climate. Wish I could have them outdoors here. Well, I have the summer poinsettia. That will have to suffice. Wrong season though. Smiling
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Dec 6, 2011 6:58 AM CST
Tee, thank you for another wonderful article. the poinsettia is so festive. I really enjoyed reading and learning more about it.

I always break out the silk poinsettia at this time of year LOL but I think it's time for the real thing this year!

Thanks again!
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SongofJoy
Dec 6, 2011 1:52 PM CST
Thanks, Christine. LOL. I have a lot of the silk ones myself. Of course, I can't have live poinsettias outdoors here either. When I lived in a climate where I could grow them outside, I only had one in the ground as I recal, maybe two. Now I'd like to have more but can't. Go figure. There is no telling how many are bought this time of the year and then discarded after the holidays. But that's the way it has to be for most people. They're really thought of a seasonal annual. I must say I'm not wild about the live ones adorned with glitter though. For some reason that just rankles me. Glare Hilarious!
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vic
Dec 6, 2011 2:13 PM CST
LOVELY article Tee and thank you so much.

I do remember seeing poinsettias in FL during this season and they were huge bushes. Just stunning!

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flaflwrgrl
Dec 6, 2011 2:20 PM CST
Yes, they are. But they are subject to those dastardly &%@*&%!# whiteflies! And they take a good deal of water. And streetlights or your own spotlights can mess them up. It's nice when it works but sort of along the lines of "the grass is always greener".
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SongofJoy
Dec 6, 2011 2:43 PM CST
Thank you, Vic. You are such a faithful reader and it is appreciated by those who write.


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Bubbles
Dec 6, 2011 3:08 PM CST
Enjoyed our article, I didn't know about the legend. They are beautiful flowers, but I must confess that I'm one of those who toss them after the holidays. I've never been successful getting them to re-bloom.

I have the little wild ones in my backyard and consider them invasive. I wonder if they'll be back after our summer drought?
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Dec 6, 2011 4:05 PM CST
Now I am dragging this way out of the back of my memory LOL, but seems like I remember an aunt putting her poinsettia in a dark closet after the holidays and leaving it there over summer, the dark made the flowers red??? Not sure if there is any truth there.

I've tried growing the native wild poinsettia from seed last year... nothing! Sad
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vic
Dec 6, 2011 4:10 PM CST
I've heard that story too Christine - on the closet thingy.
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Dec 6, 2011 4:26 PM CST
Thanks, vic! Hilarious! that makes me feel a little better! I'm wondering if it worked. maybe my aunt had heard it too and tried it but I'm talking about from the 70's that I am recalling this. haha!!
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SongofJoy
Dec 6, 2011 4:30 PM CST
Thanks, Sandi, I think they are considered and treated much more like a seasonal annual than anything else although I planted them out after Christmas a few times in So Cal. I've mostly tossed mine after the holidays too.

My brother just sent us this one for Christmas. I wish I could keep it looking like this forever!!


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Bubbles
Dec 6, 2011 4:34 PM CST
Regarding the legend: I think it's awfully sweet!
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SongofJoy
Dec 6, 2011 4:34 PM CST
Oops, cross-posted with you. I have not heard about the closet color thing.

Are you talking about the species poinsettia, Christine, when you say wild poinsettia? Or the summer poinsettia? I planted the latter late this fall. It's supposed to be root-hardy here. Time will tell.
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SongofJoy
Dec 6, 2011 4:35 PM CST
Bubbles said:Regarding the legend: I think it's awfully sweet!


Me too. Lovey dubby
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Dec 6, 2011 4:45 PM CST
I think the legend is sweet too!

Well, Tee, yes-I'm talking about Summer poinsettia, Euphorbia cyathopora, it's native here and other parts of USA, as Sandi said, it's considered invasive by many ~ but I don't always find the same plants invasive here.
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SongofJoy
Dec 7, 2011 5:36 AM CST
Yes, that's the one I planted. We have to plant them and they aren't considered as invasive here. At least I hope not. Green Grin!
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