Euphorbias are named after Euphorbus, a 1st century physician and friend of King Juba II of Mauritania (52 BCE – 23 CE). Virtual ceremony honors contest winners, outstanding members, Find older posts listed by publication date. no flowers, not showy. If we look at poinsettia plant history, we discover this traditional Christmas plant clearly wasn’t the marketing scheme of some big city advertising agency. Poinsettia leaves curling inward signifies that they are in great thirst. Stately appearance. The Mexican fire plant if ingested can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, shock and even death. Interesting to know that it is poisonous to dogs and cats. Continue reading and find out which applies to your plant. The leaves and bracts on the Winter Rose variety are smaller and tend to curl under and the plant is usually shorter than regular poinsettias. It looks very much like a normal poinsettia, but the red leaves at the end of branches grow in large, tight clumps looking like roses. These plants can be quite particular about where they are kept, so if you feel like your poinsettia isn’t thriving in its current position, then don’t be shy about moving it and trying out a different spot until you find one your plant is happy with. Underwatering. I am thinking the Heterophylla has the wider leaves which is what I have. It is often mistaken that the red/green bracts are its flower petals, but the flowers are actually the small green cups that only have either stamens or pistils, no other reproductive whorls. Hydrate: Like most house plants, too much water is just as bad as too little. That was a quickfire masterclass in how to keep your poinsettia plant looking its best, we hope it's helped. If there is a layer of yellow pollen covering the flowers, this means that the plant is more mature and will not last as long. I used to see them growing wild, too. Boasting an eclectic mix of holiday colors with its bright red flowers, glittering golden pine cones, and plum-red berries, all set on top of lush green foliage, you can settle it as a centerpiece on your dining table with a red runner underneath and pillar candles nearby for more sophisticated styling. We know, it sounds like torture for the plant but it will all work out in the end. It is a lovely plant, and thrives in the Galapagos Islands and other areas of South America as well as south-eastern North American states. It’s amazing how authentically festive any green plant can look with a couple of stems of red silk poinsettias stuck in the pot — at least for as long as that plant stays green. On Mar 16, 2011, Adrastia217 from Davie, FL (Zone 10b) wrote: i always find this plant growing by the dania beach here in south florida...it's seems weed like & very unique looking. Poinsettias are shrubs or small The milky sap that the plant contains and that oozes out when a stem is broken can also irritate the skin. These are annuals whose seeds are worth gathering for a native garden. Bold and beautiful, the poinsettia plant (Euphorbia pulcherrima) has bright petals that contain small flowers of green and yellow at the center. If possible, check the soil before buying. I planted it two years ago and still have it going strong in my garden. Poinsettia plants are originally native to Mexico and warmer climates than ours in Central New York. This little plant looks something like a holiday poinsettia, if you use your imagination, and sure enough, it is related to poinsettia. They should look like small, fresh buds with red or green tips. The Painted Poinsettia, Euphorbia cyathophora, has bracts that turn an intense day-glo orange-red, and the most amazing fiddle-shaped leaves. On Oct 24, 2010, Kiyzersoze from Coral Springs, FL (Zone 10b) wrote: Pretty much considered a weed here in South Florida. Keeping it a background plant gives some support from other plants to hold it upright. JAVASCRIPT IS DISABLED. Temperature. On Aug 26, 2010, ambersunny from Asheville, NC wrote: I have just discovered this plant in a clients garden in Asheville, NC. It seems to have been reseeding its self but not too dramatically. And Euphorbia dentata can’t help but reveal a family secret in its common name – Toothed Spurge. From research it seems as if Heterophylla and Cyathophora are very close. It is very showy when mature and the center is red. No flower says Christmas like the beautiful poinsettia. The bright petals of Poinsettias, which look like flowers, are actually the bunch of upper leaves of the plant, called bracts. They are often disposed of once they start to fade, but with a little care, you can keep them all year and the bracts will colour up again the following year. ??? Be especially careful not to rub your eyes after touching the plants. My experience is rated neutral for the reason that I have no experience with poinsettia's. They both have three-lobed seed capsules which fling the seeds when dry in fall. I've wondered all along if it was in the poinsettia family? … The Christmas Poinsettia is only sold for the last six weeks of the year, but tens of millions of them filter through stores and nurseries to make it by far the best selling flowering plant in the United States. It derives its common English name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, who is credited with introducing the plant to the US in the 1820s. Want to receive email updates about what's new at Native Plant Society of Texas? Look closely at the cup-flower of any of the poinsettias and you’ll recognize what makes a Euphorbia so different. Easy to pull and get rid of unwanted plants. In order to germinate, they first need to spend about three months in a cool place, like your refrigerator, a process called cold stratification. Once you hear the name of this plant, you can likely picture exactly what it looks like in … Look closely at the cup-flower of any of the poinsettias and you’ll recognize what makes a Euphorbia so different. Alike most weeds, no care needed, watering not an issue and arrived on its own one day. Cut back all canes (branches) to about 6 inches from the pot’s rim. Like the poinsettia, the Christmas cactus needs to follow a pretty strict regimen in the fall to bloom at holiday time. Many people are sensitive to this sap, which can cause an itchy rash. But have lived here all my life and never noticed it before this summer. On Aug 31, 2002, yardbird from Maben, MS (Zone 7b) wrote: This is one of my favorite plants. A poinsettia will need enough water to keep the potting soil damp but not sodden. It is particularly well known for its red and green foliage and is widely used in Christmas floral displays. All planted in the same location. SUBSCRIBE NOW $3 for 3 months. It is a lovely plant, and thrives in the Galapagos Islands and other areas of South America as well as south-eastern North American states. Are you a grazer or a browser? I have been looking for it for a long time--didn't know the name of it. POINSETTIA. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! If the poinsettia is planted in the ground, you can expect a shrub-like plant during the summer. Poinsettias are part of the Euphorbiaceae or Spurge family. But what are weeds but under-appreciated native plants. A field of Euphorbia bicolor (photo by Marilyn Sallee). Repotting may be necessary at the end of summer after the plant has grown. 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