The Flower of the Aztecs – Poinsettia

The poinsettia is nearly a cliche symbol for Christmas, it is a strange and beautiful plant that was first discovered by the Aztecs in southern Mexico. It has been a standard Christmas plant for the last 150 years.

The Flower of the Aztecs - Poinsettia

The poinsettia is named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, who was the first to ship this flower to his South Carolina plantation. He did not see much positive feedback in terms of the scrubby little plant he had brought, and would be quite surprised by its popularity today.

Today, this plant comes in a plethora of colours from white to blue and there is a variety of shapes and sizes. This flower has even earned a day of its own – National Poinsettia Day.

There are many holiday plants available, but this bloom remains the number one favourite in the United States, even though it is traditionally only sold for six weeks of the year.

No matter what kind of poinsettia you get, it is important to keep it warm, never letting the temperature around it drop below 72 degrees. It is especially important to remember to keep the plant warm while you are delivering it.

[Via: mlive.com]

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