St. Paul, Minn. (November 20, 2003)—The poinsettia is commonly found in North American homes during the holiday season. But did you know that poinsettias are tropical plants that originated in Central America and tropical Mexico? Beloved by the Aztecs of Mexico as a symbol of purity, poinsettias grow as unbranched trees up to a height of 10 feet. Joel Robert Poinsettee, the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and renowned botanist, first introduced them to the United States in the early 1800s. Since then, plant pathologists have been working with growers to provide the wonderful array of colors, sizes, and growth habits that are available today. The Plant Doctors at the American Phytopathological Society (APS) offer the following poinsettia tips to help keep your plants healthy throughout-and beyond-this holiday season:
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