Euphorbia pulcherrima, commonly known as poinsettia or noche
buena, is a species of flowering plant indigenous to Mexico
and Central America. The name "poinsettia" is after Joel Roberts
Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, who
introduced the plant into the US in 1825. It is also called
the Atatürk flower in Turkey.
Poinsettia have brilliant colored leaves that
are iconic Christmas symbols.
Other Names: Flower of Christmas Eve,
Flame Leaf, Flower of the Holy Night, Crown of
the Andes, in Chile and Peru, Lobster Flower,
Flame Leaf Flower, The Christmas Flower, Easter
Flower, Euphorbia Poinsettia, Lobsterplant, Mexican
Flame Leaf, Noche Buena, Paintedleaf, Papagallo,
Descriptions: Poinsettia leaves form what
are thought of as flowers, the leaves themselves
turn bright colors of white, red, or pink making
them appear to be flowers. Poinsettia's leaves
are star shaped.
Size: Poinsettia can grow to 8-10 feet
tall in the wild, but they are cultivated in the
US to grow no more than 3 feet tall.
Symbolism: Poinsettia symbolizes good
Grow Details: Poinsettia are not easy
to grow they can be challenging unless the proper
conditions are present.
Soil Type: Rich
Soil PH: PH 5.5 to 6.5
Light: Part Shade
Grow Zone: 9, 10, 11
Height: Poinsettia can grow to 8-10
feet tall in the wild, but they are cultivated
in the US to grow no more than 3 feet tall.
Flower Colors: pink, white or red.
Propagation: Poinsettias are usually
propagated by cuttings.
Type: Annual or Perennials
Herbal Remedy Properties: The Aztecs used
poinsettia's sap for medicinal purposes, to help
Native Area: Poinsettias are native to
Mexico, and Central America.
Other: The poinsettia was a symbol of
purity to the Indians. The Aztecs used the poinsettia
leaves to dye fabric for clothing.
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