National Poinsettia Day
When is National Poinsettia Day?Date When Celebrated: This holiday is always held on December 12
Beautiful Poinsettia flowers are a well-recognized symbol of the Christmas season. Poinsettia Day was officially declared by an Act of Congress. It is in honor of Joel Roberts Poinsett, who died on December 12, 1851. Poinsett was the first Ambassador to Mexico He was also a botanist and a physician. Poinsett brought this colorful plant back to his plantation in the U.S. He grew the plants in his Greenville, S.C plantation and gave them out as gifts to friends.
According to Mexican folklore, there is a story of a little poor girl who had nothing to bring to church for Christmas. On her way to church, she picked some plants by the side of the road. As she entered the church, the leaves at the tips of the branches, called bracts, turned into bright, brilliant red flowers. You guessed it... they were Poinsettias.
About Poinsettia PlantsOriginally from Mexico and Central America, Poinsettia plants are by far the most popular of flower plants during Christmas. As a matter of fact, they are the largest flowering plant crop in the U.S. with sales of over 63 million pots! Native to the warmer southwestern U.S. climates and Mexico, Poinsettias are susceptible to cold and frost. So, when you bring them home in cold weather, make sure to bring them right home. Don't leave them in your car and go back to your Christmas shopping.
Purchasing Tip: When selecting plants, choose ones with leaves that are fully in bloom. The long lasting blooms take a while to produce full color. Once they do, they'll last for several weeks, usually well beyond Christmas and New Years.
There are over 100 varieties of this plant. These perennial plants actually are a shrub that can grow 10-15 feet in the wild. The traditional red poinsettias plants are by far the most popular. There are several other colors, including: pink, white, salmon, yellow and multi colored bracts
Did You Know? Poinsettias are sometimes called the "Christmas Plants". In Chile and Peru, Poinsettias are called "Crown of the Andes".
Origin and History National Poinsettia Day
Our research has not yet identified an individual who created this special day, honoring and giving recognition to Joel Robert Poinsett and the beautiful Poinsettia flowers.
This special day was established by an act of the U.S. Congress. Resolution H Res. 471 was voted on and approved by the U.S. Congress on July 22, 2002. In the resolution is stated that "December 12 has been traditionally recognized as National Poinsettia Day for over 150 years". So, Congress made this longstanding holiday official.
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