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  1. Tropical Plants 8 Created Summer 2008 Euphorbia-Nephrolepis

  2. BOTANICAL NAME • EUPHORBIA PULCHERRIMA

  3. PRONUNCIATION • you - FOR - bee - ah pull - CARE - im - ah

  4. COMMON NAME • Poinsettia

  5. Connecting the Scientific Name to the Common Name • Euphorbia reminds me of Euphoria-which is happiness. I am very happy at Christmas-Poinsettias are Christmas plants

  6. DESCRIPTION • Flower is yellow (inconspicuous) • Bracts show color • Leaves are dark green

  7. Flower

  8. DESCRIPTION • 3” to 4” petiole • Red, pink, white, and variegated cultivars

  9. Flower Bracts Modified Leaves

  10. Water • Water regularly and deeply about once per week

  11. Fertilizer • Fertilize when actively growing

  12. Light • High

  13. Size and Growth Rate • Height from 1-3 feet

  14. Propagation • Take cuttings from stems or shoots before they harden

  15. Additional Information • Traditional herald of Christmas • Native of Mexico • Discovered by JR Poinsett • Needs 14-18 hours of total darkness for bracts to change color

  16. BOTANICAL NAME • FICUS BENJAMINA

  17. PRONUNCIATION • FIE - kus

  18. COMMON NAME • Weeping Benjamin Fig

  19. Connecting the Scientific Name with the Common Name (the Mrs. A Way) • Benjamin and Benjamina

  20. DESCRIPTION • Tough, leathery, shiny, green leaves cover drooping branches • Stem are covered in pale brown bark

  21. Water • Do not allow root ball to dry out • Provide plenty of water during growing season

  22. Fertilizer • Feed monthly • Newly purchased plants should not be fertilized during the first 6 months

  23. Light • High

  24. Size and Growth Rate • 8’ tall in just 3 -4 years

  25. Propagation • Take stem cuttings before they have hardened • Air-layer

  26. Additional Information • Often loses most of its leaves if moved to a new location • Very Sensitive

  27. BOTANICAL NAME • FICUS ELASTICA ‘DECORA’

  28. PRONUNCIATION • FI - cus e - LAS - ti - ca DE - co - ra

  29. COMMON NAME • Decora Rubber Plant

  30. Connecting the Scientific Name with the Common Name (the Mrs. A Way) • Decora and Decora • Remember Ficus-Genus, elastica- Species, Decora-Variety

  31. DESCRIPTION • Large, thick, glossy, leathery, rich, dark green leaves • Maroon and variegated leaf cultivars available

  32. Water • Water thoroughly once or twice a week in summer • Less in winter

  33. Fertilizer • Fertilize all year • More heavily in summer

  34. Light • Low

  35. Size and Growth Rate • Fast Grower • Over 6’ in 3 -4 years