Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Poinsettia

I'm not really that excited to decorate my home for Christmas. I do it, more for tradition than anything else. I think it's because this time of year is already so busy and the decorating only stays up a few weeks.

One thing that I do love to have in my home during the holidays is a poinsettia. They are easy to care for and come in many different styles and colors.

Poinsettia Facts

  • Poinsettias are native to Mexico. 
  • Some people may have skin irritation from the milky sap
  • In nature, poinsettias are perennial flowering shrubs that can grow to ten feet tall. 
  • Poinsettias are priced according to the number of blooms. The more blooms, the more expensive the plant. 
  • Poinsettias are not poisonous. 
  • Poinsettias represent over 85 percent of the potted plant sales during the holiday season. 
  • Poinsettias were introduced into the United States in 1825 by Joel Poinsett.
  • Poinsettias are commercially grown in all 50 states. 
  • December 12 is National Poinsettia Day. 
  • There are over 100 varieties of poinsettias available.
  • $220 million worth of poinsettias are sold during the holiday season.
  • Seventy-four percent of Americans still prefer red poinsettias; 8 percent prefer white and 6 percent pink.
  • Eighty percent of poinsettias are purchased by women. 
  • Poinsettias are the best selling flowering potted plant in the United States. In 2004 over 61 million plants were sold. 
  • Poinsettias were introduced into the United States in 1825 by Joel Poinsett.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Gayle, thanks for sharing all those interesting tidbits about the pointsettias. I didn't know most of them. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


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