a Mexican plant with specialized bright red leaves called "bracts" surrounding small yellow flowers. It is a popular houseplant at Christmas.
- We always have a poinsettia on our living room table at Christmas time.
- Red and white poinsettias were placed all over the church before Christmas mass.
There are over a hundred varieties of poinsettia available today. Their bracts are often red or white but may also be pink, green or speckled.
Origin: Joel Roberts Poinsett (1779-1851) was a botanist and the first US ambassador to Mexico. He introduced the poinsettia plant to the USA in 1825.
What part of the poinsettia is usually red?
Contributor: Tara Benwell