Bold and Beautiful Poinsettias are the plant of the holiday season.
Poinsettias are the plant of the holiday season. Riversides Greenhouses has over 17,000 various pots to choose from. With sizes as small as 4.5” and as large as 10”. We make it easy for our customer to receive poinsettia deliveries, as each plant is carefully sleeved. Riverside will start to ship poinsettias in November.
The poinsettia is a well-known member of the spurge family (Euphorbiaceae), commonly sold as an ornamental at Christmas time.
It was named for Joel R. Poinsett, who popularized the plant and introduced it to floriculture while he was U.S. minister to Mexico in the late 1820s.
Poinsettia’s botanical name, Euphorbia pulcherrima, means “the most beautiful Euphorbia”.
There are over 100 cultivated varieties of poinsettia.
In warm climates the poinsettia grows outdoors as a winter-flowering, leggy shrub about 3 meters (10 feet) high; as a potted plant in northern areas it rarely grows beyond 1 meter (3.3 feet).
The plant bears dark green dentate leaves that measure from 7 to 16 centimeters (2.8 to 6.3 in) in length.
The colored bracts — which are most often flaming red but can be orange, pale green, cream, pink, white, or marbled — are often mistaken for flower petals because of their groupings and colors, but are actually leaves.
The flowers of the poinsettia are unassuming and do not attract pollinators. They are grouped within small yellow structures found in the center of each leaf bunch, and are called cyathia.
A milky latex in the stems and leaves can be irritating to persons or animals sensitive to it, but the claim that poinsettias are deadly poisonous is greatly exaggerated.
The colors of the bracts are created through photoperiodism, meaning that they require darkness (12 hours at a time for at least five days in a row) to change color. At the same time, the plants require abundant light during the day for the brightest color.
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