Episode 42: Poinsettias and Lumps of Coal


Poinsettias are almost as ubiquitous as Christmas trees during the holiday season. Casey shares a few fun facts about this festive plant, including a pro tip about how to get the plants to produce the bright colors we all know and love. (Spoiler alert: what many people call flowers on poinsettias are actually bracts.)

poinsettias via wikimedia commons

Filling in for Daniel this week, our friend Anna tells us what that lump of coal in our stockings actually is. Do you feel any better knowing that it’s just a bunch of compressed, ancient, dead plants?

Plants of the Carboniferous Period became the coal of today (via wikimedia commons)


This episode aired on Radio Boise in December 2018 and featured music by Toy Zoo.

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