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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Countdown: Poinsettia

There are twelve days remaining before Christmas, and that number is significant to poinsettia as December 12 is National Poinsettia Day in the United States. Considering American influences on Filipino culture, poinsettia is well-known in the Philippines.

What is poinsettia?

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The poinsettia is a plant species typically used in Christmas floral displays in many countries, including the Philippines, because of its green and red foliage. It is named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first U.S. Minister to Mexico, who introduced the plant into the U.S. in 1825.

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Scientifically known as Euphorbia pulcherrima, the poinsettia shrub has commonly red bracts often mistaken for flower petals but are actually leaves. The flowers are clustered within yellow structures situated  in the middle of each leaf bunch.

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