Poinsettia care, Dec. 11

    Caring for Poinsettias

    This popular holiday plant was originally a flowering shrub the Aztec’s used for decoration and dye. It was first introduced to the United States in the 1820s by the first U.S ambassador to Mexico who brought some of the plants back to his home in South Carolina. It wasn’t until the early 1900s that is it was potted and marketed as a holiday mainstay. In the 1970s, researchers at Ohio State University debunked rumors the plant was poisonous, demonstrating that the plant is not toxic or harmful to humans or animals. Today, the poinsettia plant comes in many colors other than the original red color.

    Proper care of poinsettias.