Do You Know Princettia?


On Monday I talked about the un-poinsettia or the anti-poinsettia. Today I am going to talk about a new cultivar called Princettia.


What are Princettia poinsettias? They are trademarked poinsettias developed by Suntory of Japan. But basically they have been developed to be shorter, with more compact stems but much more floriflorous bracts (the colorful things that look like flowers.)


Right now they come in a few heights of white (yes, you read that correctly–not colors of white, but varying heights), a six different shades of pink (from pale pink through a more true pink to a deeper dark pink that’s almost fuchsia) and of course, a red.

If you remember the “rose” poinsettias from the last decade, these are probably comparable to those in number of petals–but of course, those were still like regular poinsettias in that they were tall–maybe even taller and narrower than some of the other varieties.

These are compact plants just covered in blooms–as one look at the web site reveals–and in person, they are stunning (as my unfortunate photography just doesn’t do them justice!)

They have been in cultivation for a few years but are just becoming readily available for gardeners. This holiday season, since we now know that poinsettias are not poisonous, perhaps you might like to try one?

2 thoughts on “Do You Know Princettia?

  1. tonytomeo January 3, 2020 / 12:02 am

    I’m still not sold on poinsettias. I do happen to like the white ones though, as well as traditional red. I just do not like their disposability. It would be nice if a more sustainable poinsettia were to be developed.

  2. gardendaze January 3, 2020 / 5:34 am

    Well this is not going to be a sustainable poinsettia, that’s for sure! It’s almost as if it was developed to be disposable. I am really disappointed in both of the ones that I acquired–never again.

    The lovely red-and-white ‘Monet’ replacement whose name escapes me still looks quite good in my relatively cold house.

    The white princettia–which I gave to my church–barely made it to Christmas and is already gone. The pink one is in my office and will have to be cut back severely in order to be acceptable. You know me. I do save these things so barring an accident or insects, we’ll see how it comes back.

    But after such a pathetic performance, I almost don’t care if it does.


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