The Poinsettia Plant
Euphorbia pulcherrima

Parts of a poinsettia plant, Euphorbia pulcherrima. How to plant Christmas flower poinsettia bush cuttings. Christmas poinsettia plants come in a range of festive colors from white to deep red.

Christmas poinsettias bedded at Longwood Gardens. Joel R. Poinsett, the U.S. Minister to Mexico saw the festive flowers of Euphorbia pulcherrima growing there in profusion during the 1830s. When he returned to the states, he brought some with him. They were an instant hit.

Since then, the popular poinsettia plant has been hybridized to be tall, short, to have single or double flowers, to bloom early or late in the season and to display blooms of various hues.

White poinsettia flowers bedded at Longwood Gardens. White poinsettias bedded inside the conservatory at Longwood Gardens PA as part of their holiday display.

Poinsettia Flowers

That which we refer to as the poinsettia flower is actually a collection of brightly-colored leaves or bracts. The true flowers of the poinsettia form at the center of each of these colorful assemblies of modified leaves and are inconspicuous.

The traditional poinsettia bush is red. Newer hybrids display pink or salmon bracts.

The bracts of white poinsettias will be cream or off-white.

Euphorbia pulcherrima is most often seen in small, decorative pots around the holidays. They rarely grow taller than a foot or so in such a tiny container.

In zones 9-11 you can plant poinsettia Christmas plants in the open ground where they will quickly shoot up into 5 or 6 foot poinsettia trees.

Another way to preserve a holiday poinsettia is to plant cuttings of it.

How to Plant Poinsettia Cuttings

If you look closely at the stems, you will notice growth rings. Make your cut just beneath one of these.

The cuttings should be 8-10 inches long.

Place them in a peat and sand mixture. Keep the cuttings shaded and barely moist. They should strike in less than a month.

If you want a full bush to display, plant 3-5 cuttings in the same container.

Poinsettia Plants
Are They Poisonous?

Contrary to popular belief, no.

All parts of a poinsettia plant (leaves, stems, bracts and sap) have been extensively tested for toxicity by researchers at Ohio State University. They found that Euphorbia pulcherrima is nontoxic to humans and animals.

So there is no need to worry if you are decorating with Christmas poinsettia flowers. They are safe plants to have around kids, dogs and cats.

Christmas poinsettias are not edible. They are not poisonous but may give you a tummy ache if ingested.

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