Thursday, December 3, 2009

Plant Pick of the Month-Early December

Well it may sound cliche, but in the spirit of the season my plant pick for now is going to be the Poinsettia, Euphobia pulcherrima. Poinsettia's are a member of the Euphobiaceae family. The species name pulcherrima, means "most beautiful," and I say I have to agree. This species of Poinsettia is a tall, rangy shrub that grows to a height of 10 feet. It has large, dark green oval leaves that are toothed on the sides and pointed at the tips. Flowers are borne in winter, the actual flower is quite small, the bracts are actually modified leaves. Poinsettia is native to the tropical areas of Central America and Mexico. They like full sun but will tolerate some shade. I for one love Poinsettia's, they add such wonderful color in your home around the holiday season. They also hold a special meaning for me, my husband and I were married right after Christmas and the church was filled with Poinsettias, so they were the official flower of our wedding.


  1. Poinsettias for sure. They bloom in winter months in my sub tropical climate and sometimes live through winter.

  2. I just bought a Poinsettia the other day and love it. That is quite an extensive landscape design on your header. I would love to learn how to do that...I think that would be a great job! Right now, I will have to stick to my little sketches with colored pencils and crayons :)

  3. And my husband and I were married 2 days before Christmas, and the church was decorated with poinsettias also. I love this plant. I do not have luck growing it after the season, however.

  4. Hey Amy, thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind words about my designs. And hey i started with small sketches and colored pencils. In fact I still love to doodle. Enjoy your poinsettia and Merry Christmas.
    Color Me Green

  5. Janie,
    I have never had any luck with any of the holiday plants like chrismas catus and easter lily. I never can get them to grow right again.