Saturday, December 4, 2010

Poinsettia Party

My friend Beth from Food as Art is hosting a poinsettia party.  We're fellow Master Gardeners, she from the U.S. and me from Canada, so sharing gardening information in our communities is one thing we are passionate about.  Oh yes, we're both grandmothers too that love a a good cup of tea.
As a participant for Beth's party I thought what better way to start my post than with the history of this plant synonymous with Christmas?
The Latin name for poinsettias is Euphorbia pulcherrima and they are native to southern Mexico and Central America.  In their natural habitat, the bushy deciduous plants bloom in winter and can grow ten feet or more in height.
Joel R. Poinsett, the American ambassador to Mexico from 1825-1829 introduced the poinsettia to the U.S.
Plant breeders have produced many cultivars from the species for size and colour.


The Aztecs considered poinsettias to be a symbol of purity and made medicine to treat fever from the white latex that oozes from a broken stem and dye from the colourful bracts.


Poinsettias are the perfect plant to take along as a hostess gift during the holidays.  Alone, or part of an arrangement in a candy cane striped box as below, they make a colourful offering.


Poinsettias are quite popular on holiday dishes, glassware and linens.  Although I don't have any such collections, I do have this cup and saucer that was a gift as part of an exchange at work many years ago. 


Won't you join me for a cup of Christmas Eve herbal tea while you visit the other blogs for the poinsettia party?


Thanks Beth for gathering your blogging friends together to host this party.

13 comments:

  1. Judith,
    That is a beautiful cup and saucer. The tea looks good too. I got some Christmas Spice tea recently and it is fantastic. I was really surprised how much I liked it. Have a great weekend.
    Sherry

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  2. Lovin' your mosaic and your tea cup is very pretty-enjoy:@)

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  3. Hi Judith, Aren't the pretty, I love the pale pinks:-))
    Hope you are enjoying your weekend!
    Bella

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  4. Hello my friend,
    What a wonderful post you have done about one of my favourite flowers, the lovely poinsettia! I enjoyed the history and the photos. The teacup is very nice! I am participating as well on my Christmas blog. Hope you'll stop by and say Hello. Have a lovely weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  5. I have the same cup and saucer - it just says 'Christmas!' doesn't it?
    I love the look of a poinsettia in a china pot set on a gleaming table.

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  6. What a beautiful post !

    I'm your newest follower.....after all I live in a Lavender House !



    gena
    www.thehouseonlavenderhill.blogspot.com

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  7. I love your teacup with the pointsettia on it. At least I would be able to keep that one alive!!

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  8. Judith, your information about the plants as well as your photos are enjoyable. So far, my plants are all on fabric or china...♥ your teacup!!

    I need to get out to buy some REAL plants this week!

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  9. Hi Judith, love the poinsetta teacup. Tea would be wonderful. Hope you have a great day. Jen.

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  10. Hello Judith,
    thank you for your visit and your sweet comment. I love your Poinsettia, you made such a nice mosaic. And the one on the cup is probably from Royal Albert. It was very interesting to read about the histroy of that plant. I love the natural one in red or pink, uni or freckled. But they always loose ther leaves in my house and I am not sure how to care for them. Warm and humid or warm and dry? Much water or not? May be you as a gardener know better, what they want.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  11. Your teacup is gorgeous. Merry Christmas! La

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  12. This post is really beautiful, Judith! I love your mosaic and the teacup is just gorgeous. The only item I have with a poinsettia on it is an aluminum tray - lol! Not exactly blog material but hey, I think I can fill it with goodies and present it to a neighbor as a little holiday gift. Thanks for joining the party.
    Hugs, Beth

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  13. Pointsettias come in so many wonderful shades and hues these days it is hard not to want to pick up more than one. Wonderful mosaic and explanation of this seasonal plant.

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