Some interesting facts about the poinsettia

Poinsettias are native to Mexico.

The Aztecs called the poinsettia Cuetlaxochitl. They made a reddish purple dye from the bracts.

Chile and Peru called the poinsettia the "Crown of the Andes."

 Poinsettias are part of the Euphorbiaceae family. Many plants in this family ooze a milky sap.

 In nature, poinsettias are perennial flowering shrubs that can grow to ten feet tall.

The showy colored parts of poinsettias that most people think are the flowers are actually colored bracts.

Poinsettias have been called the lobster flower and flame leaf flower.

Poinsettias are not poisonous; a study at Ohio State University showed that a 50 pound child who ate 500 bracts might have a slight tummy ache.

Poinsettias represent over 85 percent of the potted plant sales during the holiday season.

Ninety percent of all poinsettias are exported from the United States.

Poinsettias were introduced into the United States in 1825 by Joel Poinsett.

Poinsettias are commercially grown in all 50 states.

December 12 is National Poinsettia Day.

There are over 100 varieties of poinsettias available.

Eighty percent of poinsettias are purchased by women.

Eighty percent of people who purchase poinsettias are 40 or older.

Poinsettias are the bestselling flowering potted plant in the United States.


Dr. Teri Hamlin
North Region Agriculture Education
Georgia Department of Education
204C Four Towers University of Georgia
Athens, Ga 30602
706-552-4461 / 706-540-0032
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