Facts worth Knowing
are native to Mexico.
Aztecs called the poinsettia Cuetlayochitl.
and Peru called the poinsettia the "Crown of the
are part of the Euphorbiaceae family. Many plants in
this family ooze a milky sap.
nature, poinsettias are a perennial flowering shrubs that
can grow to ten feet tall.
showy colored part of poinsettias that most people think are
the flowers are actually colored bracts (modified leaves).
flowers or cyathia of the poinsettia are in the center of
the colorful bracts.
have been called the lobster flower and flame leaf flower.
are not poisonous.
study at Ohio State University showed that a 50 pound child
who ate 500 bracts might have a slight tummy ache.
fresh poinsettia is one on which little or no yellow pollen
is showing on the flower clusters in the center of the
represent over 85 percent of the potted plant sales during
the holiday season.
percent of all poinsettias are exported from the United
were introduced into the United States in 1825 by Joel
are commercially grown in all 50 states.
is the top poinsettia producing state.
12 is National Poinsettia Day.
Paul Ecke Ranch in California grows over 80 percent of
poinsettias in the United States for the wholesale market.
per cent of all the flowering poinsettias in the world got
their start at the Paul Ecke Ranch.
are over 100 varieties of poinsettias available.
million worth of poinsettias are sold during the holiday
percent of Americans still prefer red poinsettias; 8 percent
prefer white and 6 percent pink.
percent of poinsettias are purchased by women.
percent of people who purchase poinsettias are 40 or older.
are the best selling potted plant in the United States.
are the most popular Christmas plant even though most are
sold in a 6 week period.
million pots of poinsettias were grown in 1997.
cost of a poinsettia is determined by the number of blooms.