Poinsettia

Poinsettia

ORIGIN

Euphorbia pulcherrima, known as a Poinsettia or 'Christmas Star' is a decorative houseplant commonly displayed during the festive season as it's treasured for its vibrant, cheerful coloring.

They're native to Mexico, which explains the origin of their alternate common name: 'Mexican Flameleaf'.

They get the name Poinsettia from 19th century US ambassador and botanist Joel Roberts Poinsett who brought the plants back to his South Carolina plantations after visiting Mexico in 1825.

Poinsettia

CARE

Due to their natural Central American habitat, Poinsettias are accustomed to getting plenty of sunlight, so you should place yours near a well-lit window. Ideally, they should get around 6 - 8 hours of sun per day. Make sure the sun isn't too harsh though, as this can damage your Poinsettia's beautiful leaves.

Water your Poinsettia when the top layer of soil is dry, and maintain warm temperatures with decent humidity in order to keep your plant happy.

If your home isn't naturally humid (most homes typically have dry air), you can use a pebble tray or you may want to invest in a humidifier.

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OTHER

It is believed that the Aztecs used Poinsettia for decoration, as well as for medicinal purposes.

Be aware that Poinsettia plants are unfortunately toxic to cats and dogs, so may not be suitable for homes with pets and should always be kept well out of reach of animals.

Although they're most prized for their red leaves, Poinsettias can actually come in a wide range of different colors - there are over 100 varieties in shades of white, burgundy, pink, yellow and orange.