Poinsettia ‘Winter Rose Early Red’

I had an interest in posting about these hybridised Poinsettias. I noticed them at a doctor’s office and they are quite small, this one is about one foot tall. I found out that these Poinsettias are sold as cuttings to the store retailers in mass quantities. ‘Cuttings’ are simply just that; the very tiny graft which…

About the Poinsettia, The Christmas Plant (Euphorbia pulcherrima)

After blogging about the Wild Poinsettia, I was given a traditional Christmas Poinsettia plant and was so fascinated by its color. Yet, this Christmas variety has very humble origins. It is still a weed in the wild. All that is done with this plant is use a ‘grafting’ method, where tissues (or seedlings) from one plant are inserted into…

Wild Poinsettia (Euphorbia heterophylla L.)

Wild Poinsettia (Euphorbia heterophylla L.) Aka Painted Euphorbia, Painted Spurge, Japanese Poinsettia, Desert Poinsettia, Wild Poinsettia,  Painted Leaf, Milkweed, and Kaliko Plant, is native to Mexico and tropical America (i.e. from California to east Texas USA, through Central America and the Caribbean, south to Argentina). In Latin America it’s known as: Hierba Mala, Flor de Pascua de Monte, Leche de Sapo, Lechosa, Pastor de Monte, Pastorcita, Hierba de Duende, Higuillo, and Golondrina. Euphorbia…

The Jamaican Poinsettia at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens

Euphorbia punicea, aka Jamaican Poinsettia, is popular for its showy red flower bracts. Flowering in fall, winter, spring and early summer, its flowering bracts range from crimson to scarlet to pinkish- orange. This shrub is native to the central and western areas of Jamaica. The species can be quite variable in its leaf size and color. The…