Known today as a Christmas season tradition, the Poinsettia has its American roots in South Carolina.
South Carolina native Joel Poinsett brought the plant to the United States after serving as ambassador to Mexico from 1825 to 1830.
“It’s named after him because he was living in Mexico at the time… and, while he was there, he had the plant shipped to the United States where it quickly became popular,” Clemson University Floriculturalist and Plant and Environmental Science professor Jim Faust said.
Despite the plant’s popularity, Faust said it took some time for it to become associated with Christmas decor. [Read more…]