The Poinsettia - Official Plant of Christmas December 23 2014
The Poinsettia has a long, interesting history. Many Christmas plants are associated with the holiday, however, the Poinsettia has some surprising, deep historical roots. For example: that lovely plant you place in your home every December was once used as a fever cure! The Aztecs used the plant for practical purposes, as they did with many elements of nature. They extracted purple dye from it for use in cosmetics, and its milky white sap was used to treat fevers. The flower was introduced to the United States from Mexico by J. R. Poinsett in the early 1800s.
Scientific Name: Euphorbia pulcherrima
Common Name(s): Poinsettia, Christmas flower
Uncommon Name(s): Mexican flame leaf, lobster flower plant
Uses and Pharmacology
The plant's white sap has been used for pain relief and antibacterial.
They make great gifts for friends and family, and a lovely addition to your own home decor.
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