Poinsettias and Jolly Pitstops

What would a holiday open house be without a visit from the real Kris Kringle? On December 3rd, 2011, Petal Pushers held their annual Holiday Open House, complete with hot cinnamon apple cider, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and fresh baked cookies. Customers, old and new, came for a visit to see our beautiful holiday arrangements and take advantage of our featured  holiday sales. The highlight of the day for everyone in the shop was watching the real Santa Claus hand out adorable stuffed animals to our youngest visitors. Saturday was definitely a great way to kick-start the holiday season.

Santa makes a Pitstop at Petal Pushers

Okay, we know. Sometimes it’s hard to get into the holiday spirit.

That’s why this month, Petal Pushers will be sharing a few useful tips.

This week’s tip:

  • Surround yourself with natural holiday beauty. Rich in cultural influence and naturally gorgeous, the Poinsettia is a classic decorative shrub that is sure to lift your  holiday humbug spirit.
The botanical name, Euphorbia pulcherrima, was assigned to the poinsettia by the German botanist, Wilenow. Dazzled by its color, he gave it the botanical name, Euphorbia pulcherrima, meaning “very beautiful.”

(Fun fact: The plant actually grew through a crack in his greenhouse!)

Though almost 90% of these festive shrubs are exported from the United States, Poinsettias are actually native to Mexico.
In fact, Poinsettias were first introduced into the United States in 1825 by none other than Joel Poinsett, President John Quincy Adams’ choice for the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.

^This fine lookin' fella right here? Good ol' Joel Poinsett.

Today, Poinsettias come in over 100 different color and shape varieties.

Golden Melody Poinsettia

Although, seventy-four percent of Americans still prefer traditional red poinsettias; 8 percent prefer white and 6 percent prefer pink.

Variegated White and Pink

Here at the shop, we strive for nature’s colors: our poinsettias (red, white, pink, and variegated), even come from local farms in Allentown and Hightstown.

(and you thought they only came in red...)

If you are like most of us, you may be prone to accidentally killing these holiday beauties; so here are some helpful tips.
Still haven’t learned enough?
Here’s a quick little tidbit to impress your friends and family this holiday season:
The “flower” of the poinsettia is actually not the colorful part. (Those are actually leaves, and are also known as bracts). The “flowers”, or cyathia, of the plant are in the center of these bracts (They’re the little fuzzy balls).
So, the question is: which poinsettias do you prefer?

One thought on “Poinsettias and Jolly Pitstops

  1. I love the blue/purple one in the website’s picture above. Love the blog and the information that is shared. Thanks Petal Pushers for a bright start of my day!!!

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