As part of the holiday season, we got several poinsettias as decorations. I took some photos of them as part of my blog post at work so I’ve decided to share them here, along with a bit about the history of the plant.
The poinsettia is a plant native to Mexico. The Aztecs used the plant to produce red dye and as a medicine to reduce fevers. In the Aztec language—Nahuatl—the plant is called Cuetlaxochitl (from cuetlatl, residue, and xochitl, flower), meaning “flower that grows in residue or soil.” Its current popular English name derives from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico who introduced the plant into the United States in 1825.
~ ateelah – Ventura, CA