Christmas Poinsettias & Poinsettia Plants

A signature of the season, our Christmas poinsettia plants bring their festive charm to every holiday home, and make great gifts for family & friends both near & far.

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All About Poinsettias

Looking to learn all about poinsettias? Here are a few top takeaways: There are more than 100 varieties of poinsettias, and they come in colors like traditional red, burgundy, pink, white, speckled and marbled. The poinsettia plant is native to Central America, particularly the 'Taxco del Alarcon' of southern Mexico, where they flower during the winter. The ancient Aztecs called them 'cuetlaxochitl' and used them for clothing and cosmetics dye and a medicine to treat fevers.

But that's not all you need to know about poinsettias. This Christmas flower is popular during the season because of a religious story involving a girl named Pepita, who because of her poverty, could only offer the Christ child a handful of weeds to celebrate Christmas eve. When she placed the weeds at the altar during holiday services, they suddenly burst into bright red flowers. Because of this miracle, the bright red flowers became known as the 'Flores de Noche Buena', or 'Flowers of the Holy Night'.

Poinsettia Care: How to Care for the Popular Red Christmas Plant

Great poinsettia care can help your plant(s) last several weeks during the holiday season. The most important poinsettia care tip? Make sure to water them regularly and keep them evenly moist. Never let poinsettias sit in water; always empty their containers shortly after watering.You should also ensure your poinsettia is placed in bright filtered light or a sunny, south-facing windowsill. But make sure they don’t get too close to a cold windowpane. For ideal poinsettia care, keep the temperature around 68 degrees fahrenheit during the day.

Fun Poinsettia Facts

Here are five fun poinsettia facts you may not know.

  • Though many people believe otherwise, poinsettias are not poisonous to humans, according to an Ohio State University Study, which showed that a 50-pound child would need to eat more than 500 leaves to see any harmful effects. However, you may want to keep your pets away from the leaves. Eating them can cause diarrhea and vomiting for our furry friends.
  • Poinsettias are part of the Euphorbiaceae or Spurge family. Botanically, the plant is called Euphorbia pulcherrima.
  • Due to its red color, the poinsettia has also been called the “flame-leaf” flower and the “lobster” flower.
  • In Peru and Chile, the Poinsettia is called the "Crown of the Andes".
  • December 12th is Poinsettia Day. It marks the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett, who brought the plant from Mexico over 200 years ago.

Poinsettia Delivery from 1800Flowers.com

Want to make sure poinsettias are delivered fresh, bloomed and ready for the holiday season? With poinsettia delivery from 1800Flowers.com, you’ll have the confidence to know your gift of this Christmas flower will be executed perfectly. We also offer poinsettia gifts, including poinsettia accent decorations that will last a lifetime. Deliver a flower full of festive cheer to your family and friends this Christmas.

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