December 12th is National Poinsettia Day! A popular holiday plant, the poinsettia was named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first US Minister to Mexico, who introduced the now popular plant to the states in 1825. Poinsett brought the vibrant red and green shrub back to his South Carolina plantation - where he continued to grow them and give them as gifts to friends.
Many mistake the colored bracts for flower petals because of their bright hues and groupings, but they are in fact leaves! The bracts are often red, but can be orange, pale green, cream, pink, white or marbled. There are over 100 cultivated varieties of poinsettia.
We're a fan of the mini poinsettias - a contemporary twist on a classic! Do you decorate with poinsettias during the holidays? We'll have a couple minis in our Calvert planters at Refinery29's Tinseltown Holiday Pop-Up Shop this Friday through Sunday. Come by and pick one up! 'Tis the season!