362/365 – Colors of the Season

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.

Poinsettia-2-reduced Poinsettia-6-reduced Poinsettia-reducedThe 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

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4 Responses to 362/365 – Colors of the Season

  1. torc365 says:

    Pretty! 😀

    Calma

  2. torc365 says:

    Hey! I took some photos just like these!!! 😀
    -Tooks

  3. torc365 says:

    Stunning ateelah! Cool background info too, thanks 🙂
    Crys

  4. torc365 says:

    Interesting! And pretty pics!

    Lali

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