Tag Archives: images of poinsettias

Floral Alphabet Challenge, The Letter “P,” Sept 29, 2022

If you publish a photo of your “P” flowers, please post a link in comments here and also in Cee’s FOTD.

State of the Poinsettias: FOTD Nov 22, 2020

As you can see by enlarging the photos avove, the poinsettias in the planter next to my bedroom have increased in size and hue since I first showed them a week or so ago. They are never going to turn red but will get more of a peach coloration in the next few weeks.




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Poinsettia FOTD Jan 8 2020


Just because Xmas is past doesn’t mean the poinsettias stop blooming!
This plant is inside on my desk where it keeps on giving.

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Poinsettias: FOTD Dec 13, 2019

When I moved here eighteen years ago, my first visitor was my friend Linda from Oaxaca. Since Christmas was nearing, she brought me a beautiful poinsettia plant which I planted in the lower garden after the holidays. Over the next few years, it grew and grew, but when I had my studio built, it covered it up and I eventually forgot it was there. This year, my only poinsettia blooming was the peach–colored one I showed in a FOTD post a few days ago. But, surprise, surprise. As I exited my studio the other day, I noticed a flash of red behind the dense cover between the sidewalk and the wall and there, peeking out from around the corner of the studio, was this beautiful red poinsettia. Things like to grow in Mexico, neglected or not! So here, at last, is a shot from me of a red poinsettia. Here they are called “La Flor de la Nochebuena” (Flower of the Holy Night, or Christmas Eve). Merry Xmas, everyone!!!

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Poinsettia FOTD Mar 3, 2019

I returned from two months at the beach to find my poinsettias lusher than ever. Not just a Xmas plant here! (Click on photos to enlarge.)

If you wonder what the ring is on the cabinet top next to the poinsetta, go HERE for an explanation.

Poinsettia Buds, FOTD Nov 30, 2018

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What appears to be the flower on a poinsettia is actually colorful leaves. The true flower is just starting to bud out as these tiny yellow lips. Much misinformation has been spread regarding the toxicity of poinsettias.  To set the matter straight:

“As many have pointed out, it is a myth that poinsettia plants are deadly poisonous if a child or pet eats the leaves (but that does not mean that the leaves should intentionally be eaten, either, since, if eaten in sufficient quantity, they can, in fact, make a human or pet at least mildly sick). But because this fact is so widely known now, people have let down their guard and allowed a new myth to take hold, as a reaction: namely, the myth that no health issues whatsoever surround the annual displaying of poinsettia plants. Only two words need be uttered to dispel the new myth: latex allergy.

The fact is, this Christmas icon can make some people quite sick. The harm, in these cases, comes not from eating the leaves, but rather from touching the plant or even simply from being around Euphorbia pulcherrima.

The milky sap (the “latex,” if you will) that oozes from the branches can result in contact
dermatitis in some people. So unless you like to itch, avoid the sap, in case you are one of those prone to develop this rash. At the very least, be sure not to touch your eyes after touching the sap. The illnesses that some people suffer just from being around poinsettia plants (without even touching them) are worse yet (for example, difficulty in breathing). In extreme cases, anaphylaxis can result.”

Some readers with latex allergy have shared their personal stories about health problems stemming from contact with these colorful plants. You might be surprised to learn just how many people get sick due to exposure to poinsettias.” (from 5 Facts About Poinsettias That May Surprise You” by David Beaulieu.


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