Happy National Poinsettia Day!
|Traditional Red Poinsettia|
Today marks the celebration of Poinsettia's. These beautiful star-shaped red flowers have become a world-wide symbol for Christmas.
While originally available only in red, new varieties are now available in white, pink, red, burgundy, and mixes of these colors. My favorite is the 'Winter Rose.'
|Varieties available from our favorite local grower.|
Before we wrap up this post, we wanted to make sure and squelch the rumor of the plant being poisonous It does secrete a latex like substance from it's stems after being cut away from the main plant. While the poinsettia is not recommended for consumption humans, it would take a massive amount of bracts (the red part of the flower) to make a child sick.
Enjoy your poinsettias this year!
For more information about poinsettias check out the following links.
**Top photo via web, multiple sources. Other photos via www.westwoodgardens.com**