Former President John Quincy Adams feared that the bequest Will be squandered on cormorants or wasted in electioneering bribery. There's nothing new under the sun, King Solomon wrote.
It was the historian and horticulturist William Prescott who named the plant after Joel Poinsette.
The red tops are specialized bracts, not flowers.
Mexicans of the 18th century believed that the Poinsettia was symbolic of the Star of Bethlehem. Because of this the flower became associated with the Christmas season.
Aztecs in Mexico and Meso-America had cultivated the poinsettia for hundreds of years prior to the conquest of the Spanish. They used the sap to cure fevers and used the red bracts to manufacture dye.
The writer has heard the name pronounced many ways: pointsett, pointsetter, pohnsetta, and, properly, pointsettia with the "ia" fully pronounced.