Each Christmas I purchase at least one of these beautiful plants to enjoy during the holidays. I am partial to the traditional deep red poinsettias, which I believe add richness and elegance to any room. Some years I have more success than others in keeping my poinsettas growing past the Christmas Holiday. This year was one of the successful years. My plant stayed vibrant and healthly into February. When the first leaves began to drop, I decided it was time to pick them and see what kind of color may develop in the dyepot.
I tore the leaves into small pieces, put them into my dyepot, and covered with water. After bringing the water to a simmer, I entered one of my sample dyecards into the pot and let it simmer with the leaves for about an hour. The water turned a deep crimson color. My experience has been that most red or purple dyebaths obtained from plants usually result in green or tan colors on wool fibers. Pulling the dyecard out of the bath, I discovered that poinsettias are no exception, although the iron-mordanted sample produced a deep gray. After surveying the nice array of greens on my card, I decided to enter a 40-yd skein of wool yarn, pre-mordanted with tin, into the dyebath and allow it to simmer for about 45 minutes. Here are my results: