Poinsettias Everything You Need To Know

History, Salad, Cocktails, and Myths

December 2, 2018

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This official Christmas flower/plant, the poinsettia, has a lot going for it! We love this traditional plant of the holidays. First of all, the poinsettia is from Mexico or Central America and they bloom during November and December in the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Guerrero.

It is true you need to put them in a closet, so they will dry out and rebloom. They like the dark.

According to various sources, in 1919 an Army officer stationed in Hawaii found his 2-year-old child dead underneath a poinsettia tree, a leaf in his/her hand. There are no documented reports of poinsettia fatalities, according to the Society of American Florists.

What about a poinsettia cocktail? Yes, but not from the actual plant. It's made with cranberry juice, Cointreau or triple sec and champagne. I have had one and they are pretty tasty!

Here are more facts about the beloved poinsettia: https://www.thespruce.com/poinsettia-fun-facts-tips-and-myths-2736733

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