Larry Williams, UF/IFAS Extension Agent for Okaloosa County, offers lawn and garden advice specific to Northwest Florida.
689-5850 or 729-1400, Ext. 5850
The poinsettia is a highly prized Christmas plant. It is almost exclusively sold only during the Christmas Season.
The poinsettia was first introduced into the United States by our first ambassador to Mexico, Joel Poinsett. He had some sent to his home in Greenville, South Carolina in 1825. This Christmas flower has since borne his name.
The showy red parts, often called flowers, are not really parts of the flower. Instead, they are modified petal-like leaves, which