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National Poinsettia Day: Show off the beauty of the red and green

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The poinsettia plant is a beautiful plant with vibrant red and green foliage making this blossoming plant the number one choice around the holiday seasons. Today we celebrate “National Poinsettia Day”!

Every year on December 12 the nation celebrates this flowering plant. It is actually native to Mexico. The poinsettia according to the Aztecs considers them a symbol of purity due to the brilliance of the red in the petals of the bloom. Roughly 90% of all the poinsettias grown are exported from the United States.

Back in the 1820s a man named Joel Roberts Poinsett who was the U.S. ambassador to Mexico was visiting Taxco and saw these flowers growing over a hillside and thought they were beautiful. He later shipped some to his home in South Carolina to see if they would grown in his greenhouse and take to the climate in the U.S.

The flowers did well and he then began to distribute them to other areas. The flowering plant became quite popular. Today during the winter holidays especially around Christmastime they are sold and displayed proudly in many homes as a choice of decoration. The red and green of the poinsettia plant theme up perfectly with the holidays.

Today more poinsettias are sold, given as gifts and displayed in stores, homes and at Christmas displays than any other plant.

Happy National Poinsettia Day!

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