I was recently gifted a beautiful poinsettia, and nothing says Christmas and winter like the vibrant red color of a poinsettia plant. In my case, I have a white one and a red one within the same pot. When my mother saw it, she mentioned that I should keep puppies and children away from it (I have no children currently but do own a Golden Retriever puppy named Ruby). The plant has become such an iconic symbol of the holiday season, and I started wondering what else I didn’t know about this potted plant now in my living room. In honor of National Poinsettia Day – yes, it’s very real because apparently in America we have national days for everything – here are a few fun facts you didn’t know about poinsettias*.
- There are over 100 varieties of the plant, and colors range from red, pink, white, and burgundy.
- Over 34 million are sold every year. That’s right 34 million. Which makes it the highest selling potted flowering plant. Wow.
- California is the number one producer of the plant in the U.S., followed by North Carolina and Texas. Since the climates vary in all three locations, I thought this was an interesting find. But I’ll save that rabbit hole for another day.
- December 12th is National Poinsettia Day.
- The Aztecs used poinsettias to dye fabric.
- The plant is tropical in nature and is commonly found in Central America (naturally).
- While we see the smaller, potted versions, in their natural habitat, they can reach up to 12 feet in height. That’s right, monster poinsettias are a thing.
- Poinsettias are reportedly not poisonous, but they may cause discomfort if consumed so don’t.
Until next time…
*All facts confirmed with sources provided by the University of Vermont.