In Bloom: Flor de Nochebuena (Poinsettia)

Poinsettias, or Flor de Nochebuena, are readily available beginning the first week of December. Locally, you can find them at the Tianguis market in La Peñita and at both viveros (nurseries) near La Colonia.

The viveros typically have a large selection of beautiful poinsettias including the three different varieties shown below…

Poinsettias range in price from $30-80 pesos depending on the variety and size of the plant.

Poinsettias typically bloom in November and December and are most often purchased as gifts and for decoration during the holiday season. However, poinsettias are perennial flowering shrubs that can grow up to 10-feet tall in their native Mexico. I spotted these two poinsettias growing on a side street in La Peñita last April… still in bloom.

by Allyson Williams – Updated December 19, 2013

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  1. :

    What a gorgeous display of poinsettias! We can get these lovely plants here in Canada around Christmas as well, however, the price tag attached is a tad higher, and the variety is certainly not as abundant!

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    Hey, we bought one too last week at Vivero Las Palmas. I had been looking at this plant at various venues, but the ones at Las Palmas, were the nicest, fullest, and most blemish-free that I had seen. After the holiday season, we have relocated other poinsettias to our garden, and yes, they are very easy keepers. I very much like their tendency to get more "leggy" and less bushy, but they do take up a lot of room. But for those who don't care for this, these plants don't mind a bit, being severely pruned back. A friend and I were talking last night, wondering how to force this plant to produce more of the red display. The transplant we have in our garden is not very "showy" right now. Any tips?

  3. :

    I appreciate the article, and the beautiful photos. It was interesting to see the three different kinds. Thanks!

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