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Nothing screams Christmas like a poinsettia plant. Part of the Euphorbiaceous botanical family, poinsettias were introduced to the United States by Joel Roberts Poinsetta botanist, physician and the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.
In Mexico the poinsettia is considered a shrub growing 10 to 15 feet tall and at one time was even considered a weed. Traditionally red, poinsettias are now available in over 100 different varieties and colors. Recent research has proved poinsettias are not poisonous, as believed to be for many years. Poinsettia Day is December 12th, honoring Joel Roberts Poinsett who died on that day in 1851.
No Christmas tree. No problem. A large or multiple poinsettia plants can be a beautiful way to add Christmas decoration to your home instead of a Christmas tree. Using poinsettias is especially effective to save space and keep rooms visually open if you are selling your home.
Simple and easy centerpiece. Small poinsettia plants lining the middle of your dining table is an easy way to create a Christmas centerpiece. They can later serve as a small gift for each family or guest to take home.
Parties. A brightly colored poinsettia flower is a perfect hostess gift to take to holiday parties.
Follow advice for light and watering found with poinsettia plants when purchasing and enjoy the color and charm for the holidays and beyond.