Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Signs of the Season: Poinsettias

La Flor de La Noche Buena, as it is known in Mexico, is widely used in Christmas displays throughout our nation. Indigenous to Mexico and Central America, the poinsettia was introduced in the USA in the early 1800s by ambassador Joel Poinsett. Interestingly, what are often mistaken as the "flower's petals" are actually leaves known as bracts, a "modified or specialized leaf usually different from foliage leaves." These brilliantly colored bracts are often flaming red but can also be orange, pale green, cream, pink, white and marbled. Enjoy this beautiful marbled specimen and look for more in upcoming posts.

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