You can’t get away from the theme of green and red at Christmas-time. Did you know the poinsettia owes its name to the man who introduced it to the United States, Joel Roberts Poinsett (1779-1851), who sent samples of the winter-blooming “Flor de Noche Buena,” (Christmas Eve flower) home from Mexico?
He was the first American minister appointed to Mexico, and, as an amateur botanist, shared his discovery with Northern America. By 1836 the plant had become associated with Poinsett, and became the poinsettia, the flower America associates with Christmas.
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