Poinsettia Day

December 12th Celebrates Poinsettia Day

These beautiful flowers are a well-recognized symbol of Christmas. Poinsettia Day was officially declared by an Act of Congress. It is in honor of Joel Roberts Poinsett, who died on December 12, 1851.

Joel Roberts Poinsett was the first Ambassador to Mexico. Poinsett brought this colorful plant back to his plantation in the U.S. He grew the plants in his Greenville, S.C plantation and gave them out as gifts to friends.

According to Mexican folklore, there is a story of a little poor girl who had nothing to bring to church for Christmas. On her way to church, she picked some plants by the side of the road. As she entered the church, the leaves at the tips of the branches turned into bright, brilliant red flowers. You guessed it was the Poinsettias.

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name Dana Tomechova, is beautiful slide show presentation of Poinsettias’ as we celebrate on December 12th Poinsettia Day.

What other colors do Poinsettias’ come in?

Red is the most popular color, accounting for roughly three-quarters of all sales nationwide, followed by white and pink.

The more than 100 varieties of poinsettias come in a range of colors from red, salmon, and apricot to yellow, cream, and white (but not blue these are a designer color created with dyes).

There are also unusual speckled or marbled varieties with several colors blended together. New varieties are introduced yearly.
Did you know that the poinsettia’s main attraction is not its flowers, but its leaves? The flowers of the plant are the yellow clustered buds in the center (termed “cyathia”).

The colored leafy parts are actually bracts or modified leaves that turn color in response to the plant forming flowers. When buying a poinsettia, make sure it has the buds, preferably not yet open.

How many poinsettias do you think are sold in a year? If you guessed over 34 million, you’d be in the ballpark.

According to the 2013 USDA Floriculture Statistics report, poinsettias accounted for about one-quarter (23 percent) of sales of all flowering potted plants.

In economic terms, that’s $144 million out of a total of $618 million in sales of all flowering potted plants.

The poinsettia is a poisonous plant. However, this doesn’t mean that poinsettias are meant to be eaten. If ingested, this plant can cause stomach irritation and discomfort.

Cats and children also may choke on the fibrous parts, so be sure to keep these plants out of their reach. The sticky white sap also may cause skin irritation for some people.

So if you’re thinking about getting a Poinsettia for the holidays keep it away from children and pets, and enjoy its holiday look it brings to your home.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell


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