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  Poinsettia

The poinsettia is a plant that is native to Mexico.  They got their name from Mexico's first American ambassador, Joel Poinsett.

He brought the plants back to America in 1828.

Mexicans in the 18th century thought the beautiful red, star shaped leaves were sypbolic of the Star of Bethlehem.

This helped the poinsettia to become a favorite traditional plant at Christmas.         

                              


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