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A pointed effort

Posted on Dec. 3, 2008 by Jamie Scheppers

This week Tiger Garden, MU’s full-service florist, began selling poinsettias in a rainbow of colors — both traditional and decidedly not. Whether you’re seeking a natural-looking red poinsettia for a formal decorating scheme or a yellow plant with black tiger paws stamped on the petals for a Mizzou-theme arrangement, they’ve got you covered, but you have to move fast.

tiger_print-(2).jpgPhoto by Shane Epping.

Supplies of the artificially colored plants — like those with the tiger paw motif, glitter or an unusual hue — are disappearing fast. The entire supply of plants (more than 500) are expected to be sold before the second week of December ticks by, but Tiger Garden expects to have plenty of other seasonal items available beyond then.

All poinsettias are grown by MU students in the Tiger Garden greenhouse and await their new home in your office, residence hall room, apartment or house.

And for your entertainment, some random poinsettia facts:

  • Despite common belief, poinsettias are, in fact, not poisonous.
  • The plants do, however, have a milky white sap that can irritate the skin and upset the stomach if large quantities are consumed.
  • Poinsettias are native to Mexico, but were introduced to the United States in 1825 by Joel Poinsett — hence their name.
  • The plants are produced commercially in all 50 states, but California is the top producer.
  • Often the plants are priced according to the number of blooms.
  • 80 percent of them are purchased by women.

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