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Poinsettias 2013



So, are they poin-set-ahs or poin-set-ee-yahs?

We don’t have the answer to that burning question in this edition of Plain Gardening, but we do have some fascinating info on this holiday favorite.

Bill Finch with Mobile Botanical Gardens says lots of work has gone into crafting new and spectacular varieties of poinsettias--everything from yellow to coral to pink and even a speckled poinsettia called “glitter”.  Some poinsettias have curls.

Even the standard red poinsettias have gotten a makeover; they’re larger with more red…um…I was going to say flowers, but Bill says they’re “bracts”.  And there’s an important difference.

Although they look like flower petals, bracts are actually leaves, and that means they last a long time.  With ample sunlight, your poinsettias should look great well into the New Year.   In more frugal times, people would then plant their poinsettias on the south side of their home, where Bill says they would grow into—no kidding—poinsettia TREES about 12 feet tall.

Learn about poinsettias from Master Gardeners, see all the new varieties, and even purchase some of these beauties at the Poinsettia Fashion Show this afternoon (Friday, December 6th, 2013) and tomorrow from 9am to 2pm at Mobile Botanical Gardens on Museum Drive across from Langan Municipal Park.

For information and directions, go to mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

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