Tuesday, December 12, 2006

National Poinsettia Day

Poinsettias were named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first Ambassador to Mexico who brought the plant back to his plantation from Mexico. An Act of Congress pronounced this Poinsettia Day and declared the poinsettia as the Symbol of Christmas.

Poinsett introduced the flower to the US, but Pepita is credited with the introduction in Mexico. She offered a humble gift that blossomed into the Flores de Noche Buena (Flowers of the Holy Night).

Poinsettias are not necessarily a one-time flower. They can be beautiful for more than one season with the proper care, but it is a challenge. I never succeeded, but maybe you will. Good luck.

13 days before Christmas

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