University of Georgia: Poinsettia History

In addition to being a holiday favorite, Poinsettias are actually the best selling potted plant in the United States. The University of Illinois Cooperative Extension recently compiled a list of interesting Poinsettias to think about this holiday season:

  • Greenhouse producers grew about 33.2 million poinsettias, worth about $141 million, in 2014, according the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service.
  •  Poinsettias are named for Joel Roberts Poinsett, a scientist who would go on to help found the Smithsonian Institution before his death in 1851.
  • California and North Carolina top the nation in poinsettia production, growing 6.7 million and 4.6 million plants per year, respectively, but Georgia growers also turn out hundreds of thousands of poinsettias each year.

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