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Article Teaser: Born December 2, 1981, pop princess Britney Spears was born not just in the month of Christmas, but also in the month of the poinsettia, which is December's birth flower.

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December Is The Month Of Christmas, The Poinsettia, And Britney Spears

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Born December 2, 1981, pop princess Britney Spears was born not just in the month of Christmas, but also in the month of the poinsettia, which is December's birth flower.

Poinsettias came to the United States in 1825 when Joel Robert Poinsett, hobby botanist and ambassador to Mexico, brought cuttings of the plant to Greenwood, South Carolina. Poinsettias grow wild in Mexico and have a charming legend in their background. The centuries old legend says that a little girl named Pepita was distraught at having no gift to bring to the baby Jesus. At the urging of her cousin, she agreed to bring a humble gift in hopes the baby would see her good intentions. On her way to the church she stopped along the roadside and picked a bouquet of weeds. When she reached the church, she approached the altar clutching her gift, and as she did, the weeds blossomed into stunning poinsettia flowers.

Today, poinsettias are a traditional Christmas gift and household decoration. They come in a variety of colors, including red, peach, white, and even speckled. They bloom for quite some time, and can even be kept over the course of the year to rebloom the following Christmas season. To choose the perfect poinsettia:

  • Look for a plant with small, tightly clustered buds at its center.
  • Find a plant with bright foliage showing no signs of damage.
  • Don't purchase plants that have been displayed where it is drafty or crowded.

    If you're uncertain how to keep your poinsettia looking fresh and beautiful throughout the holiday season, ask your florists for some care tips. He or she should tell you to water the plant when it's dry, but don't let it stand in water. Poinsettias like lots of humidity and cooler temperatures at night, so accommodating those needs will keep your plant blooming longer. You should also keep the plant away from drafts or heat sources.

    Over the years poinsettias have falsely been labeled as a plant that is dangerous to keep in the home if you have pets or small children. However, if you're concerned about the safety of poinsettias, you needn't be. The poinsettia has been widely tested and is, in fact, non-toxic to both pets and people in all of its parts-flowers, leaves, and sap. You should keep poinsettias out of the reach of pets that my nibble it because it may cause an upset stomach, but there's certainly no need to keep this beautiful plant out of your home for the sake of pets.

    That's good news for Britney Spears who shares her home with three tiny Chihuahuas and her two infant sons. So, Ms. Spears, celebrate your birthday and Christmas by decking out your home with gorgeous poinsettias and don't worry about your children or pets.


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    Wesley Berry is member of the American Academy of Floriculture (AAF) and President of Wesley Berry Flowers, a successful multi-million dollar floral business that was established in 1946. He is also the developer of Localnewsdelivery.com a website that delivers local news to over 40,000 communities across the country. Recently he also launched a website providing information about various places of worship throughout the United States. Visit Wesley Berry Flowers on the web at www.800wesleys.com.

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