Pointsettia

The Pointsettia is indigenous to Mexico and Central America, the poinsettia was first described by Europeans in 1834. It is particularly well known for its red and green foliage and is widely used in Christmas floral displays. It derives its common English name from Joel Roberts Pointsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, who is credited with introducing the plant to the US in the 1820s.

Wild poinsettias occur from Mexico to southern Guatemala, growing on mid-elevation, Pacific-facing slopes. Wild poinsettia populations are highly fragmented, as their habitat is experiencing largely unregulated deforestation. They were cultivated by the Aztecs for use in traditional medicine. They became associated with the Christmas holiday and are popular seasonal decorations. Every year in the US, approximately 70 million poinsettias of many cultivated varieties are sold in a six-week period.

Faber-Castell Art pens and Holbein Watercolors in a Stillman and Burn Beta Sketchbook. Sketched loosely in the Studio

2 thoughts on “Pointsettia

  1. Lisa Jacques December 30, 2021 / 8:26 am

    Beautiful!!!❤️

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