Varieties of poinsettias range from darling to dramatic
by Connie Oswald Stofko
“Aren’t they the cutest thing you’ve seen?” said Teresa Buchanan, general manager at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg.
We were looking at two new varieties of poinsettia: mini pink ‘Princettia’ and mini white ‘Princettia’. Even the name ‘Princettia’ is darling– a blend of princess and poinsettia.
The mini ‘Princettias’ are unusual because they are miniatures; the plants are only about eight inches high and will stay small. This is the first time Lockwood’s, which grows its own poinsettias, has tried a miniature. People love them, Buchanan said, so Lockwood’s plans to grow a larger quantity next year.
A few notes about poinsettias. The colorful parts that we often think of as flower petals are really specialized leaves called bracts. In the center of those bracts are tiny balls– those are the flower buds. On younger plants, the flowers will be tightly closed. On more mature plants, the balls will be opening or already open.
While many people like the traditional poinsettias, there are many other varieties to choose from. They differ not only in size of the plant, but the color and shape of the “flower” as well. Let’s take a look at a few unusual varieties available at Lockwood’s.