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Monday, December 25, 2017

Get the Poin?

Since well before Christmas this year, Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) began appearing in a fabulous array of colors and varieties. I've never been particularly taken with Poinsettias (when I was younger I thought it was spelled Pointsettia). Rumored to be poisonous like other members of the Euphorbia plant family and supposedly notoriously difficult to keep alive and hard to get to flower again, I've never before been tempted to buy one. But man-o-man, this year I was really tempted by the lusciousness of some of these plants. My current cat Ronin has chewed on just about every plant I've brought into the house, including, amazingly, a prickly Pachypodum, so I fear what he would do to a Poinsettia.

So, this year I just took lots and lots of pictures of them.

From a pre-Thanksgiving trip to Molbak's with Peter (The Outlaw Gardener).

These cream and pink bracts reminded me of candy canes

From Windmill Gardens Nursery in Sumner:

Some of these varieties even appeared in my local Fred Meyer, but I never hauled my camera out while I was shopping for groceries. What do you think of Poinsettias? I really should have given in to my temptation to buy one or two this year, right? There's always next year.

Anyway, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays this year to all my readers and blogging friends.


  1. Thanks for the splash of beauty across my screen on this snowy Christmas morning.
    Merry Christmas to you, too!

  2. Merry Christmas! One of my last business trips took me to a lobby filled with matching, cream poinsettias. That, plus your pictures, makes me wish I'd bought some too.

  3. Merry Christmas Alison ! I have always felt pretty ambivalent about Poinsettias-I have probably on bought one or two in my lifetime, and I always bought the white ones.

  4. Merry Christmas, dear friend. I love Poinsettias, especially when other people keep them looking really good. (Mine don't respond well to my flood once and ignore for weeks watering technique) Red has always been my favorite but 'Autumn Leaves' has become a new love. Haven't bought any this year but have a basement full of fake ones that sometimes get hauled upstairs when the decorating bug bites. Sometimes it's fun to drag a few home when they're giving them away after the holiday.

  5. As you know I love cutting them up and using them as vase fillers, plus that way there's no guilt about tossing a plant after the holiday...

    Merry Christmas Alison!

  6. Despite their poor performance in a heated house, I used to buy poinsettias every year, usually the creamy yellowish ones, but I've skipped that for a couple of years now. However, if I'd seen some like those you showed in your 9th photo, I might have taken the plunge. They will grow outside here if planted in the ground - in fact, my neighbor has a nearly roof-high specimen (plain red) growing by her back door. I expect that it's been there a long time - I know it's been there throughout the 7 years we've lived here. Hey, maybe I should try growing that on the back slope!

  7. I bought one last year and tried to keep it but it promptly died. I think they are artifiical looking but like them around the holidays.

  8. I like them in other people's homes.

  9. The red poinsettias with the white splashes are gorgeous! Every year we get a red poinsettia but I ditch it after the blooms fade. I think they really need a greenhouse (and special lighting schedule). I've seen them saved as house plants and it looked like plant torture.

  10. Nice photos. I think I like the old-fashioned bright red Poinsettias the best.


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