Synonym: Poinsettia pulcherrima
The name Poinsettia comes from Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, U.S. ambassador to Mexico from 1825 to 1829. Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett was also a keen botanist and gardener. The poinsettia was used in Mexico to decorate churches at Christmas time and called flor de la noche buena, that is 'Holy Night Flower'.
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