Wednesday, December 20, 2023


 It's Wildflower Wednesday here on the Blog!  I am going to do something a bit different since it is the Christmas Season and highlight a different area's wildflower.  The Poinsettia grows natively in Mexico and South America and it grows in moist ravines as a shrub on rocky hillsides.  It was named for Joel R Poinsett who popularized it while working as a minister to Mexico in the late 1820s.  Many people unfortunately, throw away their plants after the holiday season is over but they can be kept for quite some time.  They supposedly need special care to return to their red state but I have never done anything special with mine and they have always turned back red for me and re-flowered.  The flowers are the very small yellow parts, the red are actually the leaves.


  1. While when you look at the blooming plant closely it is obvious that the red "petals" are leaves, but if you don't think about your mind says petals.
    Nice image, red is hard to photograph

    1. I agree, it was a long time before I knew they weren't flowers. Thank you Jim, yes, red blows out quite badly often.