Poinsettias on Parade

Poinsettia Round Rug

Holiday Flower

No flower says Christmas quite like the poinsettia. Here are some interesting facts about the flower and some of our favorite ways of decorating with this brightly colored blossom.

The colored parts of the poinsettia that we most often think of as the "flower" are actually colored bracts, a modified leaf or scale with a flower or flower cluster in its center. Bracts are sometimes larger and more brightly colored than the true flower, as in our favorite poinsettias.

Did you know?
  • There are more than one hundred varieties of poinsettias available today. Poinsettias come in colors of red, white, pink and burgundy, as well as in marbled and speckled patterns.
  • Poinsettias received their name in the United States in honor of Joel Roberts Poinsett, who introduced the plant in 1828. Poinsett was a botanist, physician and the first United States Ambassador to Mexico. He sent samples of the plant he discovered to his home in Charleston, South Carolina. December 12 is poinsettia day, in honor of Joel Roberts Poinsett.
  • In Chile and Peru, the Poinsettia is called the "Crown of the Andes."
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