Maryland Blogger: White Poinsettias, Longwood Gardens IMG 2400

White Poinsettias, Longwood Gardens IMG 2400

White Poinsettias, Longwood Gardens IMG 2400


I did not know that many people have never seen a white poinsettia until I posted this photograph in a number of Facebook groups and received a large number of comments from around the world. This photograph was taken at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. 


Subhash Sharma  This is a lovely photograph of ‘Snowcap White’ Poinsettia which is named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, a physician, botanist, and the first United States Ambassador to Mexico who spotted a red colour wild Poinsettia growing in a deciduous, tropical Mexican forest in the 1820's. Apart from its original red colour this lovely plant has now evolved to have over 100 varieties. It’s a native of South America where Aztecs had used its original variety to produce red dye and as an antipyretic (fever lowering) medication. In the language of the Aztecs, the plant is called Cuetlaxochitl, meaning "flower that grows in residues. The plant's association with Christmas began in 16th-century Mexico, where legend tells of a girl, commonly called Pepita or Maria, who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday and was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson blossoms sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias.  

Mr. Sharma is a Facebook friend from India. He now lives in Ireland and frequently comments on my photographs as I post them on Facebook.


White Poinsettias, Longwood Gardens, Photograph by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

White Poinsettias, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USA IMG 2400
Canon PowerShot G11 Camera, f/4.5, 1/80 sec., ISO-800, 25 mm, No Flash 
Photograph by Roy Kelley 
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

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Comment balloon 22 commentsRoy Kelley • December 17 2015 01:40PM


Very nice Roy, and also that your FB friend makes such interesting comments on your page...

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) about 4 years ago

Beautiful picture.  Yes, I have seen those, as well as pink ones.  I believe they have been bred for those colors.

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) about 4 years ago

Good morning Roy! Another great photograph as usual! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) about 4 years ago

They are beautiful especially in that photo surrounded by the dark green leaves of that other plant which name escapes me.

Posted by Marco Giancola, Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida (Beachfront Realty) about 4 years ago

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 4 years ago

I love the photo. Thank you for sharing the story. Have a good day.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 4 years ago

Roy Kelley What a lovely flower in white.  Thank you for history behind it.  Have a great week.

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) about 4 years ago

Roy: As always, your photos amaze and delight. You have a keen eye for beautiful flowers.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) about 4 years ago

Hi Roy.  They are beautiful.  And, I don't believe I've ever seen white poinsettias before.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 4 years ago

Those are beautiful and so well captured with the camera!  I hope that your weekend was enjoyed my friend!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) about 4 years ago

Roy, not sure if I have ever seen a white Poinsettia either, and it sure is beautiful.   Never had one this year, red or white. 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 4 years ago

Thanks, again, for your comments and for your continued support. 

Have an outstanding week.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 4 years ago

Good morning, Roy Kelley 

I love all colors of Poinsettias especially the tri-colored.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) about 4 years ago

Good morning Roy. Stunning flower and I am surprised this is new to many. i love the white ones.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 4 years ago

You always share the most beautiful photos!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 4 years ago

I like that one better than the red.  Those you could have blooming all year long.  Gorgeous.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) about 4 years ago

Your feedback is always welcome. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 4 years ago


Those are really beautiful.  I have seen white ones, but never this white.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 4 years ago

Another beautiful poinsetta Roy Kelley . I would plant anywhere from 4 to 8 of these cheery plants at Xmas and it never fails a strong wind comes up and damages them.  I love to see them when they are healthy. They add so much color at this time of year.

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 4 years ago

Hi Roy.  I have seen all kinds of colors including the white poinsettia.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) about 4 years ago

I love your pictures and I particularly appreciate Mr Sharma's comments.  Thanks for including them here.

Posted by Joan Dickie, Keller Williams Premier Realty (Keller Williams Premier Realty) about 4 years ago

I hope you are enjoying a most productive week. Have an outstanding weekend.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 3 years ago