Poinsettia – A Little History

America’s favorite holiday flower is the poinsettia. To help you celebrate, here is a little of the rich and sadly bloody history of this alternately loved and reviled plant. Do you prefer cyclamen as a holiday flower? Here is my post on growing cyclamen. Poinsettia are from a Beautiful Area Originally the species (Euphorbia pulcherrima) was native to the hills around present day Taxco, Mexico. The poinsettia was popular long […]

Houseplant Tips for Desert Homes

Celebrate Houseplant Appreciation Day – January 10 Houseplants are “in” once more – which is super! But here in the Southwest, where humidity is low, if you want to be successful with houseplants, you need to select your houseplants with some consideration. Look at their Genes When caring for any plant, it helps to look at their “origin story.” Desert plants deal with certain stresses better than forest plants (and […]

Decorate With Evergreens

Decorate you home for the holidays with some evergreens. Why? Because during the holidays it is too easy to stress out and overspend your budget.  One way to save your nerves and your budget is to do some free to low cost decorating with evergreens. Evergreens are Healthy and Cost Cutting There are positive health benefits of filling your home with nature and plants. Plants are “green” decorations in more […]

Silver Dollar Plant

Silver dollar plant is one of those plants that is a houseplant for folks back East – but it can be grown outdoors here in the Southwest. You Can Grow Silver Dollar Plant Silver dollar plant (Crassula arborescens) has many common names – and quite a few cultivated varieties with various names as well. Common names include silver dollar jade, blue bird jade, good luck plant, and African money plant. […]