Allowance Essay

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History of the Poinsettias These striking blooms caught the attention of Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, America’s first minister (ambassador) to Mexico between 1825 and 1829. Dr. Poinsett brought the plant to America and raised it in his greenhouses in Charleston, South Carolina. It was named in his honor in 1836. The Latin name is Euphorbia pulcherrima, literally “the most beautiful Euphorbia.” You may know Dr. Poinsett as the founder of the National Institute for the Promotion of Science and the Useful Arts, predecessor of the Smithsonian Institution. The plant was initially known in the United States as “painted leaf” or “Mexican fire plant” until it eventually was named poinsetta pulcherrima, or “poinsettia,” in honor of of its “discoverer” Dr. Poinsett. There are also white, pink and dappled poinsettias. By the early 1900′s, they were sold as potted plants in California. Many poinsettias are still raised in the state, especially for use as Christmas gifts and decorations. The city of Ventura, California is even known as the Poinsettia City. Joel Roberts Poinsett (March 2, 1779 - December 12, 1851) is the individual honored by the common name of the poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima). Poinsettia's Nicknames The poinsettia has gathered a few nicknames throughout the years, including 1. Christmas star. 2. Lobster Plan 3. Mexican Flame Leaf. How to Grow a Poinsettia Growing a Poinsettia plant outdoors generally requires a minimum temperature of about 45° F., but they grow best when night temperatures are about 60°. Poinsettias are only hardy in USDA zones 10-12; however, they will tolerate a VERY light frost. In areas where the temperatures drop below this, I suppose that the most prudent method of keeping these holiday favorites growing year after year is to keep them in a sunken pot or container that can be

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