The Poinsettia (Euphorbia Pulcherrima) or Christmas Star, which we see everywhere around the Christmas holidays in both the United States and the United Kingdom, is in fact indigenous to neither. Poinsettias are actually indigenous to Mexico where 17th century Franciscan Friars would bring them into churches at Christmas time. The crown of leaves signified the Star of Bethlehem, while the red color signifies the blood of Christ. They were first brought to the United States in 1825 by Joel Roberts Poinsett, the Minister to Mexico and after whom they are named. Today they are found all over the world and grow in both greenhouses and sub tropical climates.
Fun Fact: Over £25 million in Poinsettias are sold every year. Britain in fact produces 80% of all that are sold. Many of the remainder come from the Netherlands. It goes without saying that millions are sold each year and they are sold everywhere…
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