This is my tenth entry for Sunshine’s Macro Monday. Here’s the link to Irene’s blog https://sunshinesmacromonday.net/2019/12/09/pride-of-jamaica/
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The poinsettia or (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is a commercially important plant species of the diverse spurge family (Euphorbiaceae). Indigenous to Central America, it was described as a new species in 1834. It is particularly well known for its red and green foliage and is widely used in Christmas floral displays. It derives its common English name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, who is credited with introducing the plant to the US in the 1820s. Poinsettias are shrubs or small trees, with heights of 0.6–4 m (2.0–13.1 ft).
Amaryllis bulbs have been specially bred to be grown indoors and are incredibly easy to care for. They bloom in winter when you need a burst of color, and they will stay in bloom for weeks. Each year, the plump bulb gets a little stronger and sends up additional flower stalks and blooms on long, sturdy stems. If you want your amaryllis to bloom at Christmas time, you will have to do a bit of forcing. But if you are happy to have it bloom on its own schedule, the only offseason care it needs is to be put outdoors for the summer.
The Guzmania Bromeliads are the perfect plant for you. In their natural element, they are epiphytic, pulling water out of the air. You can let it pool at the base of their cupped leaves and the plant will water itself as it needs it. They don’t even like to be repotted, although you will get lots of new plants, called pups, popping up around the edges of your original bromeliad.
For a taste of the tropics, you can’t beat Anthurium. Buy one already in flower, so you are certain the blooms are red. Actually, the red heart-shaped flower is a modified leaf called a spathe. The spathes can cup the true flowers or arch backward, giving them another common name of Painted Tongue. Each flower stays in bloom for about six weeks. They also make great cut flowers in arrangements. Anthurium does require a bit of extra care to give it the bright sun and high humidity it needs to re-bloom.
Few flowers can beat tropical hibiscus for year-round flowering. If you can keep your hibiscus warm and in bright sunshine, it will flower its little heart out. If you can’t meet these conditions in winter, take heart, your hibiscus will just take a little rest and be ready to rev things up again in spring. These can be large plants when grown outdoors, but you can keep them in check indoors by pinching the new stems when they reach about two inches in length. They will branch out and start to set flower buds, rather than growing long branches.
The National Flower of Barbados is the Pride of Barbados (Dwarf Poinciana or Flower Fence). The Pride of Barbados blooms all year round, the more common varieties are a fiery red and yellow “sunset colour” although other variations can be found. The National Flower is accepted as the red variety with the Yellow Margin on the petals. It appears on the Barbados Coat of Arms. Other varieties are yellow or orange/pink. References to this flower were recorded as early as 1657. It is a shrub and is often pruned into a low hedge. If untrimmed it grows to a height of 10 to 15 feet. It is a member of the Legume family and can be found in other tropical countries. The flower has five petals with a yellow margin in a pyramidal inflorescence. Each flower is about 1½ inches across with five sepals. The ten stamens are long and the pistils project from the centre of the flower. The fifth petal is far smaller than the other four.
The last plant is The Pride of Jamaica plant that I saw the last time that I visited my family in Chicago.