Everywhere you go as holidays arrive you are surrounded by poinsettia plants. Did you know Deceember 12th is National Poinsettia Day? Here are some interesting facts about this beautiful red greenry
National Poinsettia Day
Did you know that the poinsettia has a special day all its own? Yep, by an Act of Congress, December 12th was set aside as National Poinsettia Day. The date marks the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett, who is credited with introducing the native Mexican plant to the United States. The purpose of the day is to enjoy the beauty of this popular holiday plant.
Here are some fun facts about the Poinsettia:
- Poinsettias are native to Mexico
- In nature, poinsettias are perennial flowering shrubs that can grow to ten feet tall. (As a matter of fact, when I lived in Florida I would always plant my poinsettias in the yard after the holiday and they would thrive and grow quite tall - although I don't know that mine ever got to ten feet.)
- Poinsettias represent over 85 percent of the potted plant sales during the holiday season.
- Ninety percent of all poinsettias are exported from the United States.
- Poinsettias were introduced into the United States in 1825 by Joel Poinsett.
- Poinsettias are commercially grown in all 50 states. However, California is the top producing state.
- The Paul Ecke Ranch in California grows over 80 percent of the poinsettias in the United States for the wholesale market. Ninety percent of all the flowering poinsettias in the world got their start at the Paul Ecke Ranch.
- There are over 100 varieties of poinsettias available.
- $220 million worth of poinsettias are sold during the holiday season.
- 80% of poinsettias are purchased by woman.
- 74% of Americans still prefer red poinsettias (like me); 8% prefer white and 6% prefer pink.
- 80% of peopel who purchase poinsettias are 40 or older.
For more fun facts, how to care for you plant and frequently asked questions visit the Poinsettia Pages at http://urbanext.illinois.edu/poinsettia/index.cfm
And if you'd like to read The Legend of the Poinsettia you can The Paul Ecke Ranch's site at: http://www.ecke.com/html/h_corp/corp_legend.html