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Poinsettia Facts and Trivia

Who doesn't love poinsettias during the holidays? December 12 is National Poinsettia Day —enjoy some facts and trivia on this beautiful potted plant!

December 12th is National Poinsettia Day! If you haven’t already adorned your house with lovely poinsettias, by all means, celebrate the day by purchasing a potted one and enjoying these facts and trivia about this beautiful potted plant.

Poinsettia Facts and Trivia

Did you know…

  • The Poinsettia was named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Ambassador to Mexico during the 1820s. Ambassador Poinsett imported the tropical plant to his greenhouses in South Carolina, where he began propagating and distributing them. From these humble beginnings, much like the Easter lily, the popularity of the Poinsettia has increased to enormous proportions.
  • Poinsettias are the number one potted plant sold in the USA today, exceeding annual sales of all other potted plants combined!
  • Poinsettias are not toxic to children or humans but they should not be eaten. A child would have to consume more than 500 bracts (leaves) in order to reach an unsafe level, according to the Poisindex. They are, however, mildly poisonous to cats and dogs, so it’s best to keep them out of their reach.
  • Poinsettias come in many colors. From the traditional red to shades of white, peach, pink, and yellow, cultivars are now available in marbled, striped and spotted tones. A seasonal variety, “Jingle Bells.” with its red bracts and pink flecks. is sure to gain popularity among many this holiday.

Read about the legend of the Poinsettia.

Learn how to care for your potted poinsettia plant here.

Deborah Tukua is a natural living, healthy lifestyle writer and author of 7 non-fiction books, including Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. She has been a writer for the Farmers' Almanac since 2004. Her article on herbal baths appears in the 2021 Farmers' Almanac.

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aloysius weathers

I send these as potted gifts every Christmas. They are easy to care for, heat resistant, and very cheerful on grey days. Never had much luck transplanting them, but they last a long time in their own pot soil.

Rose Gavalez

I live in and close to the Eke Ranch where over the years there have been so many varietals.All exceptional…

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