Poinsettias and interesting facts you may not know

Poinsettias are one of the most popular plants for the holidays. Not only do people rush out to buy them for themselves, but they also make wonderful gifts for friends and family. Before buying or sending this potted plant, you might want to learn a little more.


Poinsettias originate from Mexico and the first specimens were introduced to North America in 1828. It is a sub-tropical plant and it did not take long before it became popular around the world. In its native environment, the shrub will grow up to 10 feet in height. It does not, however, do too well in colder climates.

Care tips

When you bring poinsettias home, it’s important to make sure that you place them in an area that receives a good amount of sunlight. They should be watered when the soil surface feels dry and make sure that you only use well-draining, peat-based potting soil.


While many people associate poinsettias with the colour red, they are also available in white, yellow and pink. There are even marbled varieties. It’s also worth noting that the ‘flowers’ are, in fact, modified leaves. These plants will bloom for a single season in most cases and many people discard it in the spring.

Christmas blooming

If you want to grow your own poinsettias and help them bloom in the festive season, it’s important to restrict the amount of sunlight that the plant receives. This can prove to be quite a bit of work. A far easier option is to simply purchase a new poinsettia each festive season.


While poinsettias are not poisonous, they can make you quite ill. If you come in contact with the milky sap that oozes from the branches, you could suffer from dermatitis. If you touch your eyes after coming in contact with the sap, it can cause an even more severe reaction.

If you plan on decorating your home with poinsettias this year, remember that it is best to opt for one that will suit your home. In other words, you will find them available in various sizes. Choose the size that will look best in your home. You can place them on tables or even on the floor in front of your Christmas tree.