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Fresh Friday: Poinsettias

white poinsettiaVery few plants are as closely associated with a holiday as poinsettias are with Christmas. The poinsettia, native to South America, was given the botanical name Euphorbia pulcherrima, which literally means “very beautiful.” Its popular name honors Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico, who introduced the plant here.

Listen to the Gardening in a Minute show.

Read more about poinsettias.

Check out photos from the 2007 and 2008 Poinsettia Field Day.

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