Robin Robinson
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Poinsettias are a fairly new plant on the botany block; since the 1950s

One would think that poinsettias have been around with us since Christmas, but in fact, the short colorful plant that we know has only been widely known since the 1950s. The original poinsettia, native to Mexico, was a tall skinny tree that lined the streets of Mexican towns. When Joel Poinsett (1779-1851) was the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico he sent the plant to a friend of his, Karl Ludwig Wile...

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