Who says poinsettias are blase? Well, a lot of people actually. I was one of those people many years ago, but have become a huge fan. Huge!
I love them on antique postcards…..

Post Cards

poinsettia postcard

Poinsettia postcard

Hand Crafted Items

My mom crocheted this gorgeous doily for me.

On antique pillowcases……(my grandma Eldred embroidered this)

embroidered poinsettia

Embroidered poinsettia

 Christmas ornaments…..

Poinsettia ornament

Look at this retro arrangement, I bought at a party YEARS ago…..on a doily crocheted by my mom.

poinsettia arrangement

 

On a clock…..(this is up year-round at my house…)

poinsettia clock

Fabric and tablecloths

and antique hankies……who could blow their nose on these?!

Look at this gorgeous antique painting!
poinsettia painting

Poinsettia painting

Candleholders

and a tumbler to drink out of….

hand painted glass

This year I found a hand-painted plate at a thrift store. (I’ve since found a few more….)

hand painted poinsettias

Love this antique tray and candleholder.

poinsettia antique items

Living poinsettias

And those are just the non-living kind of poinsettia decorations.  We haven’t even talked about living poinsettias yet. They previously only in red, white, and pink. But now, they are speckled, spotted, painted, and more.

Belle Isle Conservatory

Living poinsettias are used to decorate all kinds of things including this beautiful cart at the Belle Isle Conservatory in Detroit, as well as the tree of poinsettias.

poinsettia cart at Belle IslePoinsettia filled cart at Belle Isle

Poinsettia tree at Belle Isle

Poinsettia tree at Belle Isle

Three colors at Belle Isle

Pretty much, I love them on everything, no matter what it is. And if they are so blase, why are they the top-selling flowering potted plant in America? I can see why!

History

So where did poinsettias, Euphorbia pulcherrima, come from? How did they become such an icon of Christmas? It all began in the 1820’s when the first United States Ambassador to Mexico,  southern plantation owner, and botanist, Joel Roberts Poinsett came upon a beautiful wildflower. He sent cuttings back to his greenhouse in South Carolina, and the rest is history. Who wouldn’t love a brilliant red potted plant at Christmas time?

Pink poinsettia

Pink poinsettia

Interesting Facts

Some interesting facts about poinsettias.- Poinsettias are the #1 flowering potted plant sold in America, with over $250 million dollars in sales annually. Women make up 80% of sales. Red is the #1 color, followed by white, and pink.  (These are statistics from a while ago….) They are not poisonous, contrary to popular belief. National Poinsettia Day is December 12, to honor the day Joel Poinsett died in 1851.
Poinsettias have come a long way since the day Joel Poinsett discovered them and sent them to America. I wonder if he would even recognize the beautiful, compact, colorful plants that we have today. I think the painted orange, purple, and blue ones would blow him out of the water. They have an interesting history in America, and I hope you look at them a little differently now and next year decide to purchase one (or two or three) for your home during the holidays. 

 Happy Holidays!

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