The History of Poinsettia Holiday Plant with Ecke Ranch

Today is National Poinsettia Day and I have been enjoying all the shares on social media featuring this festive plant. Coincidentally, a few years ago I took photos at a local garden center of poinsettia plants being trialed.  Many of the poinsettia varieties I liked were from Ecke Ranch.  In today’s post I share a podcast presentation titled The History of Poinsettia Holiday Plant with Ecke Ranch. 

The Podcast

Interview with Kate Santo : Poinsettia at Ecke

Facts About Poinsettia

Kate Santos from The Dummon Group shared with me in this presentation about the history of the poinsettia.  During the presentation we were introduced to some new poinsettia plants that would make a perfect addition to your home decor not only during the Christmas season but Thanksgiving as well as Valentines Day.  Kate shares how Paul Ecke Sr. would pack dormant poinsettias in a suitcase and go visit growers across the country in the 1920’s and teach them how to grow the product. Paul Ecke Jr. played an important part in bringing the poinsettia to television having the plant featured on shows like Andy Williams and Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in the 1960’s.    I hope you will listen to Kate tell the story in the podcast attached to this article.

New Poinsettias

Facts About Poinsettia

Did you Know.... the Holiday plant we know as the Poinsettia was used to treat fevers?  From its bracts the Aztecs would extracted a purplish dye for use in textiles and cosmetics as well.  Joel Roberts Poinsett who was the first Ambassador to Mexico (1825-1829) played a part in bringing the Euphorbia pulcherrima (literally, “the most beautiful Euphorbia”) out of the region.   This and more historic facts about the plant can be found at

Poinsettia Images

In the Podcast above Kate shared these amazing new poinsettias that were featured at the Poinsettia Trials last week in California.  I fell in love with the Autumn Leaves when I saw the plant last week at my local garden center.

The images above are courtesy of Ecke Ranch 


Let’s Connect

In conclusion, I would love to hear from you so consider posting in comments below. what color poinsettia did you like in this blog post?
Happy Holidays and Poinsettia Shopping,

4 thoughts on “The History of Poinsettia Holiday Plant with Ecke Ranch”

  1. Peppermint Ruffles is eye-catching….very different in color and something I’d like in the garden year round if I could. Jingle Bell Rock is also stunning. Tough to choose! I remember seeing poinsettia growing wild for the first time when I was in Uruguay. Huge bushes of red pointsettia were growing near a church we were visiting. They were amazing.

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