Learn about the Poinsettia, a symbol of Christmas in Spain. Detailed care and interesting facts about the flower that decorates homes and shops during the holidays.
The Poinsettia flower (Flor de Navidad), also known as the Bethlehem star, is one of the symbols of Christmas in Spain. From the second week of December, the bright red flowers of this plant can be seen in many Spanish shops. Residents traditionally decorate their premises, shop windows, homes, schools, and restaurants with these beautiful flowers.
Poinsettia, scientifically known as Euphorbia pulcherrima, is selectively bred to create various hybrid flowers of different shades - from cream to bright red. The bright bracts contrast with the green leaves, giving the plant a unique appearance.
Christmas Symbol and Popular Holiday Flower in Spain and other European countries
Thanks to its winter blooming, Poinsettia has become a popular holiday plant that decorates interiors in many countries around the world. Its leaves are star-shaped, reminiscent of the Bethlehem star, and it can reach a height of up to 30 cm.
It is important to remember that Poinsettia is a poisonous plant
Its sap is dangerous if it comes into contact with the mucous membranes of the nose, eyes, and mouth, so the plant should be kept away from children.
It should be noted that Poinsettia requires special care and can be temperamental. After flowering in February, the stems need to be pruned, and the plant pot should be placed in a dark place for 1-1.2 months. Later, it can be placed in the light and watered moderately.
Before the next flowering, it is necessary to periodically trim the shoots and provide the plant with certain lighting conditions. The plant enjoys a shower and active fertilization during the growing season.
We hope that our tips for caring for Poinsettia will help you preserve this beautiful plant and prolong the festive atmosphere in your home.