December 22, 2014
Flora Focus || Poinsettia
So with Christmas this week (!!!) I thought it would be fitting to share a little about the Christmas classic Poinsettias.
Botanical Name: Euphorbia pulcherrima
Flower: The flowers are not actually the bright red, white or pink you clearly see on a Poinsettia. Those are called bracts, which are modified leaves. The flowers are the little yellow dots you see in the middle of the cluster of bracts. Very unshowy.
Leaves: Dark green leaves growing to about 7 inches long. The bracts, which need 12 hours of darkness for at least 5 days in a row to change color, come in red, pink, white, burgundy or marbled. The bracts are what make Poinsettias showy.
Meaning: To bring cheer
I hope you are all ready for Christmas and not running around for last minute things! Enjoy the week!