History of the Poinsettia: The Christmas Flower

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Poinsettia in Mexico

During college, I studied one summer in Cuernavaca, a little town about an hour and a half south of Mexico City. Nochebuena, the Mexican name of the flower English-speakers call poinsettia, was discovered in Taxco and the valleys surrounding Cuernavaca.

Poinsett: Physician and Diplomat

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Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett

Poinsettia Etymological Evolution

The plant was initially known in the United States as “painted leaf” or “Mexican fire plant” until eventually it was named poinsetta pulcherrima, or “poinsettia,” in honor of its “discoverer” Dr. Poinsett. There are also white, pink, and dappled poinsettias.

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