The Fascinating Origins of Poinsettias

Cluster of red poinsettia flowers
Poinsettia flowers are a symbol of Christmas (Unsplash)

Commercial Poinsettias Have San Diego Origins

70% of potted poinsettia in the U.S. and half worldwide got their start at Paul Ecke Ranch in Encinitas, just north of San Diego. -SeeCalifornia

Ambassador Poinsett Brings the Plant to the U.S. in 1828

Poinsettias in Europe

“This truly splendid plant was discovered by Mr. Poinsette, in Mexico, and sent by him to Charleston in 1828, and afterwards to Mr. Buist of Philadelphia; from Mr. Buist, it was brought by Mr. James McNab to the Botanical Garden Edinburgh, where it flowered twice last year, and again in February of the present year…”-Published in 1837, Paxton’s Magazine of Botany

Poinsettias and Aztecs

Poinsettias and Christianity

The Mexican Christmas Legend of the Poinsettia

“Even the smallest gift, given by someone who loves him will make Jesus happy.”

Natural History of Poinsettias

Butterflies pollinating the small yellow flowers on a poinsettia. The red parts we call the flower are actually bracts.
The yellow flowers of poinsettias are pollinated by insects, like butterflies, and become seed pods. (Pixabay)

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