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How the Poinsettia is Attached to Christmas

Poinsettia Day is celebrated on December 12, it is also known as the flower of Christmas but wasn’t always that way. The poinsettia is native to Mexico and goes back to the Aztecs who used them for flowers, cosmetics, to make purple dye and medicines.

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Poinsettia Planet Sales Reach $250 Million a Year

Just like Christmas trees the Poinsettia flower has become a symbol of the holiday but nobody is sure if it was by plan or accident. One thing for sure, the Poinsettia flower is the number one selling potted plant in the United States with more than $250 million in sales during the six weeks before Christmas. The plant comes from Mexico and is said to have been used by Franciscan priests in their Nativity processions because of the plants change of colors.

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