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The Story of Poinsettias

​Poinsettias. They’re such pretty plants, and very much a sign that the holidays are here. Here is some interesting information about Poinsettias that you might not know…

Joel Roberts Poinsett is the person who introduced Poinsettias (see the resemblance between his last name and the plant’s name??) to the United States in 1828. He was the US’s first Ambassador to Mexico and a botanist and physician. He fell in love with the plants he discovered in Southern Mexico and sent cuttings to his home in Charleston, South Carolina.

Poinsettias, begonias, and vinca.

The colorful parts of the plants aren’t the flowers. Nope, those are actually colored bracts and are considered modified leaves. The flowers are yellow and are in the center of the colored bracts. The bracts get their color changes through a process called “photoperiodism.” That means they need 12 hours of total darkness for at least five days in a row to change color. Not just a little darkness, but total darkness. Light of any kind, real or synthetic, will throw off their color changing abilities. That’s why the Poinsettias you planted in the garden might not be as colorful as the ones you buy every holiday season.

I’m sure you’ve heard that old wives tale that Poinsettias are poisonous. Well, the National Poison Center in Atlanta and the American Medical Association have repeatedly tested the Poinsettia’s reportedly poisonous abilities and have found, repeatedly, that they are not poisonous. One study done at Ohio State University showed that 500 to 600 leaves would have to be eaten by a 50-pound child before any side effects would even start to show up. And those side effects would be upset stomach and vomiting…which makes sense if one eats 500 to 600 leaves of anything.

Poinsettias do ooze a milky sap when the stems are broken. That sap can cause allergic reactions to people who are allergic to latex.

Here’s an interesting tidbit: Florida has a native Poinsettia! How cool is that?? Euphorbia cyathophora is its botanical name. Common names are wild poinsettia, Fire on the mountain, fireplant, painted euphorbia, desert poinsettia, paint leaf, and kaliko plant.

Native Texas poinsettia

And that, my friends, is my history lesson on Poinsettias. Hope you enjoyed it!

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni, Gibbs, and Ziva


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The Story of Poinsettias

​Poinsettias. They’re such pretty plants, and very much a sign that the holidays are here. Here is some interesting information about Poinsettias that you might not know…

Joel Roberts Poinsett is the person who introduced Poinsettias (see the resemblance between his last name and the plant’s name??) to the United States in 1828. He was the US’s first Ambassador to Mexico and a botanist and physician. He fell in love with the plants he discovered in Southern Mexico and sent cuttings to his home in Charleston, South Carolina.

Poinsettias, begonias, and vinca.

The colorful parts of the plants aren’t the flowers. Nope, those are actually colored bracts and are considered modified leaves. The flowers are yellow and are in the center of the colored bracts. The bracts get their color changes through a process called “photoperiodism.” That means they need 12 hours of total darkness for at least five days in a row to change color. Not just a little darkness, but total darkness. Light of any kind, real or synthetic, will throw off their color changing abilities. That’s why the Poinsettias you planted in the garden might not be as colorful as the ones you buy every holiday season.

I’m sure you’ve heard that old wives tale that Poinsettias are poisonous. Well, the National Poison Center in Atlanta and the American Medical Association have repeatedly tested the Poinsettia’s reportedly poisonous abilities and have found, repeatedly, that they are not poisonous. One study done at Ohio State University showed that 500 to 600 leaves would have to be eaten by a 50-pound child before any side effects would even start to show up. And those side effects would be upset stomach and vomiting…which makes sense if one eats 500 to 600 leaves of anything.

Poinsettias do ooze a milky sap when the stems are broken. That sap can cause allergic reactions to people who are allergic to latex.

Here’s an interesting tidbit: Florida has a native Poinsettia! How cool is that?? Euphorbia cyathophora is its botanical name. Common names are wild poinsettia, Fire on the mountain, fireplant, painted euphorbia, desert poinsettia, paint leaf, and kaliko plant.

Native Texas poinsettia

And that, my friends, is my history lesson on Poinsettias. Hope you enjoyed it!

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni, Gibbs, and Ziva


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A Poinsettia Story

Poinsettias. They’re such pretty plants, and very much a sign that the holidays are here. Here is some interesting information about Poinsettias that you might not know…

Joel Roberts Poinsett is the person who introduced Poinsettias (see the resemblance between his last name and the plant’s name??) to the United States in 1828. He was the US’s first Ambassador to Mexico and a botanist and physician. He fell in love with the plants he discovered in Southern Mexico and sent cuttings to his home in Charleston, South Carolina.

The colorful parts of the plants aren’t the flowers. Nope, those are actually colored bracts and are considered modified leaves. The flowers are yellow and are in the center of the colored bracts. The bracts get their color changes through a process called “photoperiodism.” That means they need 12 hours of total darkness for at least five days in a row to change color. Not just a little darkness, but total darkness. Light of any kind, real or synthetic, will throw off their color changing abilities. That’s why the Poinsettias you planted in the garden might not be as colorful as the ones you buy every holiday season.

I’m sure you’ve heard that old wives tale that Poinsettias are poisonous. Well, the National Poison Center in Atlanta and the American Medical Association have repeatedly tested the Poinsettia’s reportedly poisonous abilities and have found, repeatedly, that they are not poisonous. One study done at Ohio State University showed that 500 to 600 leaves would have to be eaten by a 50-pound child before any side effects would even start to show up. And those side effects would be upset stomach and vomiting…which makes sense if one eats 500 to 600 leaves of anything.

Poinsettias do ooze a milky sap when the stems are broken. That sap can cause allergic reactions to people who are allergic to latex.

Here’s an interesting tidbit: Florida has a native Poinsettia! How cool is that?? Euphorbia cyathophora (or Euphorbia heterophylla) is its botanical name. Common names are wild poinsettia, Fire on the mountain, fireplant, painted euphorbia, desert poinsettia, paint leaf and kaliko plant.

And that is my history lesson on Poinsettias.

Happy digging in the dirt…

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Poinsettias

Poinsettias start arriving around Thanksgiving! One of my suppliers carries these beautiful hanging basket poinsettias…is that something you’d be interested in buying if I stock them? They’re in 10″ baskets and will cost approximately $19.

Poinsettia
Poinsettia

I’ll have all sizes again this year: from small 4-1/2″ containers to large 14″ containers. Reds, whites, and pinks. Be sure to let me know asap if you have any special orders.

Poinsettias
Poinsettias

 

Poinsettias
Poinsettias

Happy digging in the dirt.

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Reindeer and Christmas Color

Looking to add some Holiday color to your home or office?  We have beautiful white, pink, and red poinsettias to brighten up any area.

Poinsettias, Reindeer, and Gibbs
Poinsettias, Reindeer, and Gibbs

How about a couple of very cool reindeer for your garden??  You don’t have to worry about these reindeer eating your flowers!  We have a large one and a small one just waiting for you to take them home.  They are wooden and handmade by a Lake Helen woodworker.

Small Reindeer, Poinsettias, Large Reindeer, and Gibbs
Small Reindeer, Poinsettias, Large Reindeer, and Gibbs

Not really into Poinsettias?  Well, we got you covered with our gorgeous pink begonia hanging baskets…

Pink Begonia Hanging Baskets and Pink Poinsettias
Pink Begonia Hanging Baskets and Pink Poinsettias

And an equally gorgeous and massive red begonia hanging basket…

Red Begonia Hanging Basket
Red Begonia Hanging Basket

Pink and red wax begonias and red Angelwing begonias are also available in 6″ containers.

Merry Christmas!

Jeanni and Gibbs

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The Story of Poinsettias

Poinsettias. They’re such pretty plants, and very much a sign that the holidays are here. Here is some interesting information about Poinsettias that you might not know…

Joel Roberts Poinsett is the person who introduced Poinsettias (see the resemblance between his last name and the plant’s name??) to the United States in 1828. He was the US’s first Ambassador to Mexico and a botanist and physician. He fell in love with the plants he discovered in Southern Mexico and sent cuttings to his home in Charleston, South Carolina.

The colorful parts of the plants aren’t the flowers. Nope, those are actually colored bracts and are considered modified leaves. The flowers are yellow and are in the center of the colored bracts. The bracts get their color changes through a process called “photoperiodism.” That means they need 12 hours of total darkness for at least five days in a row to change color. Not just a little darkness, but total darkness. Light of any kind, real or synthetic, will throw off their color changing abilities. That’s why the Poinsettias you planted in the garden might not be as colorful as the ones you buy every holiday season.

Red Poinsettia
Red Poinsettia

I’m sure you’ve heard that old wives tale that Poinsettias are poisonous. Well, the National Poison Center in Atlanta and the American Medical Association have repeatedly tested the Poinsettia’s reportedly poisonous abilities and have found, repeatedly, that they are not poisonous. One study done at Ohio State University showed that 500 to 600 leaves would have to be eaten by a 50-pound child before any side effects would even start to show up. And those side effects would be upset stomach and vomiting…which makes sense if one eats 500 to 600 leaves of anything.

Poinsettias do ooze a milky sap when the stems are broken. That sap can cause allergic reactions to people who are allergic to latex.

Here’s an interesting tidbit: Florida has a native Poinsettia! How cool is that?? Euphorbia cyathophora (or Euphorbia heterophylla) is its botanical name. Common names are wild poinsettia, Fire on the mountain, fireplant, painted euphorbia, desert poinsettia, paint leaf and kaliko plant.

Native Poinsettia
Florida’s Native Poinsettia

And that is your Poinsettia history lesson for the day.  Did you learn anything?

Happy digging in the dirt!

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Poinsettias Are In The House!

Beautiful red, pink, and white Poinsettias are here.

Red Poinsettia with Sweet Alyssum

The 6″ Poinsettias are $4.99 and the 4-1/2″ Poinsettias are $2.99.  Go ahead…shop around.  You’ll see that those prices are awesome.

Pink Poinsettias

Come get a few for your mantle, or porch, or living room.  They also make nice hostess gifts.

White and Red Poinsettias

Happy digging in the dirt!

Jeanni and Gibbs