President : Betty Shaw
Vice President : Beth Pickels
Secretary : Kathy Lewis
Treasurer : Susan Aycock
National Garden Club
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Look to the Future!
Save the Date!
Garden Club's Annual Fundraiser!
7th Annual Plant Sale
April 26th, 2014!
Unusual and Interesting Plants!
Extremely reasonable prices.
Poinsettia's botanical name, Euphorbia pulcherrima, means "the most beautiful Euphorbia".
Native to southern Mexico and Central America, the Mexican poinsettias are commonly bright red. For some, the star-shaped bracts symbolize the Star of Bethlehem.
Poinsettia flowers have become a symbol of Christmas and are used as festive decor. Original red varieties are now sharing the spotlight with, cream, lemon, pink, white, and variegated cultivars.
The bright petals of Poinsettias, which look like flowers, are actually the bunch of upper leaves of the plant, called bracts. Poinsettia flowers are small, green, or yellow, and grow inconspicuously in the center of each leaf bunch. Poinsettias are sub-tropical plants and therefore wither if the night temperature falls below 50 degrees. The daytime temperatures in excess of 70 degrees shorten the lifespan of Poinsettias. Plants grow well in full sun, in rich, moist soils. The white latex exuded by injured or pruned plants may cause skin irritation. Poinsettias are one the most difficult to re-flower after the initial display when purchased. Poinsettias need a period of uninterrupted long, light-free nights for about 2 months in early spring inorder to develop flowers.
As a result of its importance in the celebration of Christmas and its beautification of America, December 12th is celebrated as National Poinsettia Day, to honor the passing away of Joel R. Poinsett.