National Poinsettia Day

Happy National Poinsettia Day!

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December 12 marks the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first US Minister of Mexico, who is credited with introducing the native Mexican plant to the United States in 1825.  By an Act of Congress, December 12 was set aside as National Poinsettia Day.

The plants like warm temperatures and as much direct sunlight as possible during the daytime.  Originally used by the Aztecs to make a red dye and as a medicine, today they are associated with Christmas time in the U.S. and in Mexico as well.

You can pick out poinsettias and also cyclamen at Barstow’s to celebrate Poinsettia Day or to simply brighten up your home for the holidays!  They make a great gift too!

The poinsettias and cyclamen at Barstow’s Dairy Store and Bakery are raised by the students at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton, MA.

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