Seasonal Euphorbia

“Seasonal Euphorbia”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 

 

There is still a little time to run out and buy a poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) if you haven’t already.  You need one for this Friday.  I didn’t realize that there even was a National Poinsettia Day or that December 12th was the day.  An act of Congress made this an official day.  December the twelfth was chosen because this is the date of Joel Robert Poinsett’s death.  He was the ambassador to Mexico, and while he was there, he sent cuttings of the native Mexican plant back to the United States thus starting a whole new holiday tradition.

 

poinsettia-redu

 

So, if you decide to purchase one of these seasonal decorations, remember that poinsettias are tropical plants and to keep them out of drafts which may cause leaf drop, keep them in filtered light, water sparingly, and try to move them to a cooler area at night.  Some very interesting poinsettia facts can be found here.

 

Happy National Poinsettia Day.

 

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6 Comments

  1. December 11, 2008 at 3:51 am

    It is a lovely house plant, I always have the red ones…we call them Julstjärna translated to english Christmas star. LOL Tyra

  2. Jan said,

    December 11, 2008 at 5:23 am

    “Christmas Star” what a lovely name for this plant. I like the red ones, too.

  3. tina said,

    December 11, 2008 at 7:01 am

    I think it is neat these are in the euphorbia family, a family I really like in the garden. Thanks for the link!

  4. Randy said,

    December 11, 2008 at 7:10 am

    Well you taught me something new this morning! I’ll share it with everyone at work.

  5. nancybond said,

    December 11, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Don’t poinsettias just scream, “Christmas!” ? I wasn’t aware of the special day, but I think it’s very fitting.

  6. Brenda Kula said,

    December 11, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    I love them. But I can’t have them due to the pets that could potentially eat them!
    Brenda


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