Plants and Flowers of India and Pune Poinsettia Euphorbia Pulcherrima

The Poinsettia-Euphorbia pulcherrima is indigenous to Mexico and Central America. This plant is available in 2 varieties dwarf and normal. The normal variety can be exposed to full Sun, where as the dwarf should be kept in shade. Joel Roberts Poinsett a botanist, physician introduced the plant to the united states from Mexico, hence the plant is named after him. It is basically a shrub and a small tree. It is perennial and can be easily planted with stem cuttings. The showy colored parts of Poinsettia are actually leaves and not flowers. December 12th is Poinsettia Day. This plant is widely used in Christmas decorations and it has a distinct red and green foliage. The bracts (leaves) become red, pink, white or bi-color pink and white depending on the variety during winter as the days become shorter. Poinsettias need well drained soil. Before watering check the condition of the soil. If it is dry water the plant. Do not let the soil become soggy. Poinsettias are photo-periodic. meaning The term photo-periodic means the plant flowers or changes depending on the length of the day.
Poinsettia-Euphorbia pulcherrima
See Also: Controlling Photoperiod
Poinsettia Cultural Characteristics
Summary

Scientific Name: Euphorbia Pulcherrima
Common Name: Poinsettia
Indian Name:
Pronunciation: poin-set-ee-uh
Native to: Mexico
Found In:
Sun Exposure: Full Sun-some old tall varieties / Partial Shade – New Dwarf varieties
Max Height: 18 Inches –  dwarf, the older varieties grow up-to 4 meters
Drought-tolerant: No, They need well drained soil, let the soil dry a bit between watering
Propagation Methods: Stem cuttings
Bloom Color : Pink, White, Red, Orange, Cream
Bloom Time: December the plant is photo-periodic
Foliage: Evergreen
Duration:  Perennial
Invasive potential: Not Invasive, Invasive plants, Invasive.org, SANBI, Invasive Plants — A Horticultural Perspective
Pests and Diseases: Some Poinsettia diseasesPoinsettia Diseases and Their Control, Poinsettia Diseases
Plant Pests and Diseases, Plant health in gardens, Plant pests and diseases
Natural Enemy: Natural Enemies Listed by Pest, Some Common Beneficial Predatory Thrips
Remedy:  Pests in Gardens and Landscapes
Plant Character: Deer resistant
USDA Hardiness: 10
Uses: Pots
Maintenance: Low
Medicinal: No
Attraction:
Soil: Well drained
Soil pH:  5.5-6.5, Soil pH: What it MeansSoil: understanding pH and testing soil, Soil pH

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