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Perfect Poinsettias

Published 17/11/2023

They're a symbol of the festive season, and it's easy to see why. Available in red, white, pink, orange and various shades in between, these cheery plants add a lovely pop of colour to our houses in winter. As they are native to Mexico, these plants like a warm room away from any drafts. Place them somewhere with bright, indirect light at at least 15 degrees.

Poinsettias have been associated with Christmas for a long time, with the flowers being said to symbolise the star of Bethlehem. The Aztecs used the plants for decoration as well as for making red dyes and medicines. In their natural environment they can reach up to a staggering 15 feet tall!

Contrary to what you might think, the bright showy 'flowers' are in fact bracts, or modified leaves. The flowers are the tiny yellow clusters at the centre of the bracts. Poinsettias are part of the Euphorbia genus, and have the same milky sap as other species you may have in the garden. This can be a skin irritant so it's advisable to either wear gloves when handling them if you have sensitive skin, or simply wash your hands after.

We have a lovely selection of Poinsettias in store now, with a range of different colours coming in in the next few weeks. We will also have very cute mini Poinsettia for sale from the end of November, so there's sure to be something for every taste and budget. They also make a wonderful festive gift, 'tis the season!

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