• (noun): A tropical American shrub (Euphorbia pulcherrima) that has showy, usually scarlet bracts beneath the small yellow flowerlike inflorescences.

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  • (noun): tropical American plant having poisonous milk and showy tapering usually scarlet petallike leaves surrounding small yellow flowers

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The poinsettia ( or ) (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is a commercially important plant species of the diverse spurge family (Euphorbiaceae). The species is indigenous to Mexico. It is particularly well known for its red and green foliage and is widely used in Christmas floral displays. It derives its common English name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, who introduced the plant to the US in 1825.

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  • “Do you happen to know where the word poinsettia comes from?”

  • (Poinsett, after whom the poinsettia is named, was the first U.S. minister to Mexico).

  • Poinsett is better remembered for having introduced the Nochebuena plant (today known as the poinsettia) to the U.S.

  • A poinsettia is a living plant, and every instinct tells me that its continued existence must be nurtured, encouraged, celebrated.

  • The poinsettia is a short-day or long-night plant.

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