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The Poinsettia [Euphorbia pulcherrima] is a plant that is part of the Spruge family.  It is  a native of Central America and Mexico where it can be seen growing as a tall shrub.  The Poinsettia has become a popular indoor plant used for Christmas floral displays.

Right: Poinsettias on a iron stand in the shape of a Christmas Tree at the greenhouse of Tree Valley Garden Centre Ltd. in Stouffville, Ontario.

Do not mistake the bright leaves as flower petals, for the Poinsettia plant has dark green leaves with brightly coloured “bracts”.  Bracts are special or modified leaves that are part of the plant’s reproductive structure.  In the case of the Poinsettia, the bracts are a different colour than the regular foliage leaves.

In the image below, the regular foliage leaves are green, the bracts are white and the flowers are just beginning to open in the center of the plant and are yellow.

 

 

 

In order for the bracts to appear, Poinsettia plants require at least 12 hours of darkness for about two months in a row.  During the daytime, however, the plant needs plenty of bright light.  This will result in bracts with bright colours.  The flowers of the Poinsettia are yellow circular structures in the middle of the colourful bracts.  They are known as “cyathia” which means “false flowers” and are made up of several components.  Have a look at the close-up of the Poinsettia’s flowers below which contain a central female flower, single stamen male flowers and nectar glands.

 

 

  Did you know....

that in Mexico and Guatemala the Poinsettia is called “La Flor de la Nochebuena” which means “Flower of the Holy Night”?

 The Story of the Poinsettia Miracle

According to Mexican legend, in the 17th century there lived a very poor young girl who wanted to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus’ birthday.  In one version of the story, an angel tells her to collect weeds from beside the road.  A second version says that an angel explained to her that any gift given with love will be special. A third version has her cousin telling her to give a humble gift. In any case, the girl gathers weeds from the side of the road and places them in some versions around the manger, in other versions on a church altar.  From the weeds  miraculously sprout beautiful red star flowers we now call poinsettias.  From the 17th century on, Franciscan friars in Mexico included Poinsettia plants in their Christmas celebrations. 

The star-shape of the plant’s leaf symbolizes the Star of Bethlehem, the red colour represents the blood of Jesus’ crucifixion. 

The United States ambassador to Mexico brought the Poinsettia plant back to the US in 1828 and from there the plant’s popularity grew.  Although the favourite colour of the plant is still red, plant breeders have come up with many new varieties.  There are several shades of red, pink and white, with some plants being marbled or speckled.  There are plants with straight bracts and ones that are curled.

 

Poinsettia Clipart - 1  (.gif)

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One red poinsettia flower png

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Most of the images of the Poinsettia’s below were photographed in the greenhouses of
 
Tree Valley Garden Centre Ltd. in Stouffville, Ontario, and are posted here with their very kind permission.

red christmas poinsettia plants

Red Poinsettia - 1
(From
greenhouses of  Tree Valley Garden Centre Ltd. )

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red christmas poinsettia plants

Red Poinsettia - 2
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From
greenhouses of  Tree Valley Garden Centre Ltd. )

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red christmas poinsettia plant rows in greenhouse

Red Poinsettias - 3
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From
greenhouses of  Tree Valley Garden Centre Ltd. )

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red christmas poinsettia plants

Red Poinsettias - 4
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From
greenhouses of  Tree Valley Garden Centre Ltd. )

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red christmas poinsettia plant

Poinsettia - 5
(
From
greenhouses of  Tree Valley Garden Centre Ltd. )

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red christmas poinsettia plants

Poinsettia - 6
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red christmas poinsettia plant rows in greenhouse

Poinsettia - 7
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From
greenhouses of  Tree Valley Garden Centre Ltd. )

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rows of red pink white poinsettia christmas plants in greenhouse

Poinsettia - 8
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From
greenhouses of  Tree Valley Garden Centre Ltd. )

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red white christmas poinsettia plants in greenhouse

Poinsettia - 8.5
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white poinsettia christmas plant

White Poinsettia - 9
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From
greenhouses of Tree Valley Garden Centre Ltd. )

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