December 12 is national Poinsettia Day, so named for Joel Roberts Poinsett who introduced the poinsettia plant to the United States from Mexico. Today, we can enjoy dozens of varieties of poinsettias, all stemming from the development of those original plants. You should know that poinsettias are not poisonous, though some people are sensitive to the white sap they produce. Poinsettias have thin foliage leaves that vary in color from pale to dark green.
The showy parts of the poinsettia that most people think of as flowers are actually specialized leaves, called bracts. The actual flowers are the tiny yellow clusters found at the very center of the bracts. In nature, the brightly colored bracts are there to protect the plant and to attract insects to the flowers in order to spread the pollen. with food-based dyes to create some amazing colors. Proper care for your poinsettia begins before you leave the store. We will carefully bag your poinsettia when it’s cold to protect it on its way home. Once you get your poinsettia home, unwrap it and place it in a room where it will get bright light, but not direct sunlight. Poinsettias don’t like drafts, either hot or cold, so keep away heater vents, fireplaces, doors and cold windows.