That’s right 52 million poinsettias are sold in the states annually… a pretty impressive stat, considering you usually only see the beautiful red flower for a couple of weeks a year. The poinsettia is native to Guatemala and Mexico. You’re listening to Harry’s Tavern Band with “Flower of Mexico”.

So what’s the Christmas tie-in? A young Mexican peasant girl. As the legend has it, having no gift to place before the altar of the Virgin Mother and baby Jesus, she gathered some plain-looking flowers and presented them. Once on the altar they burst into the deep red for which poinsettias are prized. 

But how’d they get their name? From “Poinsettia was named after the former US ambassador to Mexico, Dr. Joel R. Poinsett who introduced the Poinsettia to the United States.”