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Midday Muse: A Prodigious Pointsettia

Growing up in the Midwest, I came to believe that certain plants should only grow to certain sizes. Then I moved to the Bay Area, where a freeze is much more rare than an earthquake, and found out that geraniums can grow over 6-ft. tall and annuals can become massive monsters.

This is the latest plant that seems to have been blessed with enormous growing potential. I saw it in front of a school in Oakland, and had to take a picture.

And yes, that's a poinsettia!

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veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
super pretty! love them
sofiaroca sofiaroca 8 years
he poinsetta comes from Mexico, where the weather is a lot warmer in general. Given the right weather, this plant usually gets very very big, and much more bushier, full of flowers and leaves. The intense cold or the snow might kill it. It also comes in different colors such as salmon, and yellow.
Catipa Catipa 8 years
Wow! How beautiful and stunning-I never knew they could get so big!
mbrown81 mbrown81 8 years
I love that. I wonder if they would grow like that here in Mississippi. It's much more humid here but the weather is very mild in the winter time.
sgdish sgdish 8 years
I've never seen one growing outside...only in pots inside the house! That's cool!
katiejane24 katiejane24 8 years's Christmas spirit all year!
Creativa404 Creativa404 8 years
Nice find. Thanks for sharing!
brookrene brookrene 8 years
Hmmm, i dont believe that's a poinsettia casa! kidding, but wow!!! being a former midwesterner myself i also thought they got no bigger than maybe 1.5 ft tall.
LexxyTaylor LexxyTaylor 8 years
Gunnr Gunnr 8 years
A few years ago I had the opportunity to go to Kenya, and there I saw my first poinsettia tree (as well as jacaranda, guava, pepper, banana, etc). Until then I always thought that they were just only small potted plants.
bhilb bhilb 8 years
Wow, as a midwesterner, I, too, thought poinsettias only came in small pots! Beautiful.
emalove emalove 8 years
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Wow it's like a tree! It's the same in Italy, I was amazed by the huge flowers! i was use to seeing them a quarter of the size back here in Canada.
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