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Poinsettias: Facts and Fiction

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What would the Christmas season be without poinsettias? Poinsettias are a longtime favorite holiday décor item because of their bright red color. These gorgeous plants are available in an eye-popping assortment of colors, styles, and sizes that will add holiday spirit to every room in your home. Poinsettias are a snap to grow, too. Just place them in a sunny room and water whenever the soil feels dry to the touch. Just remember to keep them away from heat ducts or drafty windows and doors. Come spring, you can move the plants outdoors after frost danger or use them in the landscape in frost-free regions. Or, just toss them on the compost pile and buy news ones every year. 

If you love poinsettias as much as we do, here are some key facts and myths about these holiday favorites:


FACT 1: Even the Aztecs loved poinsettias!

Native to Central America and southern Mexico, poinsettias were first called Cuetlaxochitl by the ancient Aztecs. They used the colorful flower bracts to produce dye for clothes and the milky sap as a medicine to treat fevers.

FACT 2: Poinsettias are named after the first Ambassador to Mexico.

Joel Roberts Poinsett (after whom the plants got their common name poinsettia) the first Ambassador from the USA to Mexico “discovered” these red-flowering beauties in 1828 and shipped a few to his greenhouse in South Carolina.

FACT 3: Poinsettias were popular cut flowers.

The first flowering specimens were displayed at the Philadelphia Flower Show where they became so popular the cut flowers were sold commercially.

FACT 4: Poinsettias can be used indoors and out.

By the early 1900s poinsettias were finally marketed for indoor and outdoor use.

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FICTION 1: Poinsettias are poisonous.

FALSE! Many people still think poinsettias are poisonous. This is not true. You would have to eat about 500 leaves to get sick, although eating a leaf or two might make you have an achy stomach. Pets are safe with these plants, too. If your kitty nibbles on a few leaves, there’s no need to panic. Your pet might throw up, but will not be harmed.

FICTION 2: Poinsettia has big flowers.

FALSE! The colorful flowers of poinsettia are not actually flowers. What most people consider flowers are actually the colorful bracts that surround the small, yellow, button-like blooms.

Poinsettias and Pines are the most popular plants purchased at this time of the year, we recommend getting yours in advance! Growing them all year long to prepare for Christmas, Costa Farms tells Casa de Campo Living some varieties start turning red since October. Costa Farms grows more than 1,500 varieties of houseplants and their beautiful nursery is just minutes away from Casa de Campo. A trip to their nursery is a treat in itself and it is an excellent way to view the extent of their offerings, new varieties, and purchase plants right on the spot! As leaders of the global horticulture industry, Costa Nursery is as dedicated to its international business ventures as much as it is committed to providing the best plants and landscaping services in Casa de Campo and the rest of the country.

* Plant Info contributed by Costa Farms 


Costa Farms logoCosta Farms has a team of highly qualified agronomists and landscape architects as well as more than 15 years of experience in the design, installation, and maintenance of gardens and green areas. Located in La Romana, Dominican Republic, they have more than 50 years of experience in the production and merchandising of Ornamental plants in national and international markets.

Where: Km 8, Carretera a Higüeral

Tel.: 809.687.0666


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