A few months ago Cee shared one of her many glorious photographs of a poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima ) and we got chatting about how they happily grow outside here in the Algarve., and become trees! Well last week I remembered I’d promised to take a shot of them, and thought I’d share a few as part of #ThursdayTreeLove.
The only thing is though when I revisited Cee’s post the following day I realised I’d actually promised a video. So apologies Cee still no video, but I did snap this one in the corner of the garden belonging to the lovely lovely Restless Jo’s. It’s a cutting!
The poinsettias are an introduced plant here from Mexico, and like in Mexico they can grow as tall as 13ft. Most of us though know them as indoor plants that are bought every Christmas. A tradition which according to Wikipedia began in the 16th century in Mexico, but seems to be a worldwide phenomena. Well they are certainly popular in Portugal, England and the USA at Christmas!
The red bracts (yup they are leaves not flowers) are created through photoperiodism, and accordingly to Wikipedia and a couple of other sites they need 12 hours of complete darkness for at least five days in a row to change from green to red. However I am not convinced by those exact timings as complete darkness for these plants in Tavira will be less than 12hrs in the weeks leading up to Christmas, thanks to our long winter days and the street lights. Or maybe outdoor ones just grow differently to those grown commercially for indoors.
There again these outdoor ones behave in a similar way to those indoors as none of them are at their best now. They are all shedding their leaves ready for their summer downtime, but I’m hoping Jo’s fabulous cutting and my final shot above have more than made up for the lack of leaves and video!