The Poinsettia: The Most Beautiful, Misunderstood Holiday Plant

The Aztecs cultivated the poinsettia in Mexico. They used the bracts (modified leaves around the flower) for dyes, order and the latex to counteract fever. The plant also played a part in midwinter celebrations. During the 17th century, men’s health
Franciscan priests near Taxco observed the plant blooming during the Christmas season. They incorporated the plant into Nativity processions.