- a plant, Euphorbia (Poinsettia) pulcherrima, of the spurge family, native to Mexico and Central America, having variously lobed leaves and brilliant scarlet, pink, or white petallike bracts.
Origin of poinsettia
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Contemporary Examples of poinsettia
However, things went sour quickly at her Poinsettia Place apartment.
In October 2010, she moved into a $1,195 per month one-bedroom apartment on Poinsettia Place in Hollywood.
Historical Examples of poinsettia
Wonder when poinsettia began to be used as a Christmas decoration and why?Pipefuls
It is used with pineapple and cherries in the preparation of poinsettia salad, which is illustrated in Fig. 11.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
"We'll stow away the poinsettia idea for home presents then," said Margaret.Ethel Morton and the Christmas Ship
Mabell S. C. Smith
Her cheeks matched the poinsettia, or Christmas flower, and her eyes were as blue as the sapphires in the jewel shops.Dorothy Dale's Queer Holidays
Poinsettia pulcherrima is also worthy of particular attention as a noble ornamental flower at this season.In-Door Gardening for Every Week in the Year
- a euphorbiaceous shrub, Euphorbia (or Poinsettia) pulcherrima, of Mexico and Central America, widely cultivated for its showy scarlet bracts, which resemble petals
Word Origin for poinsettia
from the genus name (1836), Modern Latin, in recognition of Joel R. Poinsett (1779-1851), U.S. ambassador to Mexico, who is said to have brought the plant to the attention of botanists.