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What do poinsettias prefer?

by Tim Baker, Northwest Region Horticulture Specialist

The Christmas tree is perhaps the plant most often associated with Christmas in the United States. But running a close second is the poinsettia. Poinsettias have been associated with Christmas ever since Joel Poinset found the plants being used by Franciscan priests in nativity processionals near Taxco, Mexico, in the early 1800s.

Joel Robert Poinset was the first ambassador to Mexico, appointed by

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