Monday, 24 November 2008

Poinsettia Paradise










My Aunt and I spent 3 hours in Terra Greenhouse's holiday wonderland. I had never seen blue and lilac poinsettia plants before. They were literally flying out the door. Poinsettia is a species of flowering plant indigenous to Mexico, and native to the Pacific coast of the United States. The name "poinsettia" is after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Ambassador to Mexico, who introduced the plant into the US in 1825. The alternative names for the poinsettia are: Mexican flame leaf, Christmas star, Winter rose and Stella di Natale (in Italy). The plants' association with Christmas began in 16th century Mexico, where legend tells of a young girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday. The tale goes that the child was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson "blossoms" sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias. In the United States, December 12th is National Poinsettia Day. My challenge is the care and feeding of poinsettias. That's why I love cacti and succulents. More on that tomorrow.





7 comments:

My Castle in Spain said...

i would love to find lilac poinsettia here in Spain. We only see the red version. so boring in the end

omami said...

"Poinsettia Paradise" so true, and I'm not a big fan but now seeing all those colors, I am!!

Janet said...

The blue and purple are gorgeous! I thought I was seeing things, it didn't seem right.

corine said...

They are so toxic. No recommended in homes with young kids.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Are the blue and lilac ones dyed??? They are gorgeous.

Nikki Smith said...

You may be interested to view more poinsettia pics taken at Homestead Gardens, an independent garden center just outside Washington, D.C. Enjoy!

http://www.whgmag.com/index.php/386-poinsettia-photos

My Notting Hill said...

wow - the blue and lilac ones are amazing.