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The History of the Poinsettia

By SongofJoy
December 6, 2011

Few plants are as closely associated with any holiday the way the poinsettia is with Christmas. It's an intriguing plant with an interesting history.

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Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Dec 14, 2011 3:18 PM CST
Thanks for a very timely article, Tee, and please pardon my very untimely response. I enjoyed learning some things about poinsettias that I didn't already know. If my memory serves me (and at my age that's not always the case!) it was a Mr. Poinsett for whom the plant was named. I'm off to check him out.
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Dec 14, 2011 3:22 PM CST
Thanks, Larry. Not untimely at all ... after all, it's still December. Green Grin! Seriously, nice comments are always in season. I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Mona
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monalisa18
Dec 30, 2011 8:50 PM CST
I'm going to sneak in a comment since it's just barely December. I must say though, I'd write about this anytime of the year. Your photos are just nearly heart stopping they are so beautiful. I knew there are many different Poinsettias but the colors of red and green are still my favorite. I think that Mississippi State still grows them in a big way, too. I'm a Used to be Master Gardener and one year part of our club went down there to see them at the Christmas open house and brought back a few for the rest of us to see. They were amazing and that was nearly 10 years ago. I've often wanted to grow a few, but with all the moving in and out of light, I know that I would forget and mine wouldn't be right. I can understand why they can cost so much. These in your photos would probably be close to $100 each. I'd love to walk into the greenhouse and see all of them blooming like this. It would be a blessing.

I hope this finds you enjoying the great state of Tennessee. I have made some good friends from your new state. I don't know where you live but, they used to have some great plant swaps in Middle Tennessee. If your interested, I'll try to look up the website for you.

Blessings and have a safe and happy new year, Mona
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Dec 31, 2011 5:01 AM CST
Thank you for the lovely comments, Mona. Nice to "meet' you. I agree about the beauty of poinsettias. They are simply spectacular flowers.

I am enjoying Tennessee very much and I do live in Middle TN. Who knows? Perhaps we'll meet at a plant swap here one of these days. They are such fun!!

Blessings to you and yours as well ... and Happy New Year!
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller

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