Thursday, December 8, 2011
My Poinsettia from last winter is in bloom again! Ok, I know, these bright red "flowers" are actually leaves... The colored bracts—which are most often flaming red but can be orange, pale green, cream, pink, white or marbled—are actually leaves; because the flowers are unassuming and do not attract pollinators, brightly coloured leaves developed (aka bracts). But they are so bright this time of the year, they look like huge flowers! In Italy we call them "Stella di Natale" (Christmas Star) and they are traditionally offered at Christmas for good luck and prosperity.