Thursday, December 8, 2011

CHRISTMAS STAR


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.


5 comments:

FishesMakeWishes said...

I love poinsettias, such gorgeous colors! your photos are beautiful, made me wish I had one in my home too :-)

Annuk said...

Thank you Aleka! :)
Maybe you should get one too! :)

Hagar said...

What a gorgeous color combination! Nature is soooooooooo smart and your pictures are perfectly beautiful! Merry Christmas to you my dear!

Rita alias alatvian said...

Great post! Thank you so much for sharing!
Thinking of getting one for or home as well! :)

Annuk said...

Thank you so much, dear Hagar! :)

Rita: thank you! Yes, that's a great idea, they add a splash of color in the winter! :)

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