Christmas season is in full bloom
One of the most beautiful signs that the holidays are here is the appearance of poinsettias in stores and gardens centers.
The poinsettia is native to Mexico, dating back to the time of the Aztecs. While visiting, a botanist named Joel Robert Poinsett, was struck by the beauty of the brilliant red plants he found blooming during December. He sent some plants home to South Carolina, where they flourished in his greenhouse.
While the botanical name is Euphorbia pulcherrima, the common name, poinsettia, is the common name. They have been marketed in the United States since the early 1900s and are now the No. 1 selling flowering potted plant.
The widespread belief that poinsettias are poisonous is a misconception. Research has shown they are not poisonous. However, they are not intended for human or animal consumption, and people are advised to keep poinsettias out of the reach of small children and pets.
The true flower is actually the small yellow flower you see in the center of the colorful “bracts.” Bracts are modified leaves that develop a petal appearance on some plants when they bloom. Colors available have changed the past few decades, and today you have many color choices, including orange for Oklahoma State University Cowboy fans!
When selecting a poinsettia, choose a well-shaped plant with dark green foliage and well-colored bracts. Avoid