fuckyeahlatinamericanhistory:

Did you know?
The flower commonly known as the “pointsettia” in the United States, originally called cuitlaxochitl in the nahuatl indigenous language, is named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the country’s first minister to Mexico and the flower’s American namesake. The plant itself is native to Mexico and Central America, where it has been used as part of Christmas celebrations since the early years of the colonial period. Before that, the plant and its flowers were used by the Mexica for medicinal purposes and as a source of red dye. 

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