Today is National Poinsettia Day

I am…learning a lot about poinsettia.

The poinsettia is also known as the Mexican flame leaf or Christmas star.

Did you know that today, the United States produces more poinsettias than any other country—over 75 million annually—making it the top-selling potted flowering plant in the United States and the world, and far outpacing chrysanthemums and orchids, its next closest competitors.

The plant was discovered by Dr. Poinsett when he was visiting southern Mexico and introduced to the United States in 1828. The plant was later named after him. Can you believe that National Poinsettia Day has been celebrated for 150 years?

The plant has become emblematic of peace on Earth. The main objective of this day is to ensure that National Poinsettia Day becomes a widely celebrated holiday in our land and around the world.

Poinsettias come in a variety of colors from red, salmon, and apricot to yellow, cream, and white. Red, of course, is the most popular. I love the bright red ones. But the red and white combined color ones are pretty too. I usually have a plant outside my front door every year. Sometimes I have a pumpkin on one side of the door and a poinsettia on the other but not this year. Best of all I enjoy how long they last.

 

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