Today is National Poinsettia Day! The date marks the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett an American amateur botanist, who was the first ambassador to Mexico and is credited for introducing the native Mexican plant to the United States.
In July of 2002, the House of Representatives created this Poinsettia Day, passing a Resolution to honor Paul Ecke Jr. who is considered the father of the poinsettia industry. It was Paul Ecke’s discovery of a technique which causes seedlings to branch that allowed the Poinsettia industry to flourish.
Every week you’ll hear about a different topic including gardening tips, fun facts about plants, how to plant and prepare your garden for each season and special announcements. This week's TOPIC: the “Garden Guru” gives a history of the Poinsettia and describes the 16 varieties of Poinsettias that Payne’s home grows locally. Payne’s has a great selection of poinsettias, live and cut trees, holly and so much more.Â
The common name of the poinsettia (pronounced poyn-SET-ee-ah), comes the last name of Joel Poinsett, the first U.S. ambassador to México, who brought the first poinsettias to the U.S. in 1825. Native to Mexico, the plant's botanical name is Euphorbia pulcherrima, which means "most beautiful euphorbia." Did you know colored parts of the plant are not the flowers, they are "bracts" which are modified leaves. The flowers are in the center of the bracts. Here are some other interesting and important things to know about poinsettias:
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