Meet the researchers who went searching for the poinsettia in their native, tropical habitat.

Clemson University floriculturist Jim Faust arrived in Manzanillo, Mexico, with an unusual mission: to stalk a population of wild poinsettias growing in their native habitat. His journey began with a man at the airport holding a sign with the word Euphorbia (the genus of the poinsettia plant.) In this archival interview, Faust talks about his trip into a canyon in Jalisco. And he reviews the long history of the iconic holiday plant, which may first have been cultivated in the botanical gardens of the Aztecs, before being brought to the U.S. in the 1800s by a Southern diplomat named Joel Roberts Poinsett. 

[First photo by Mark E. Olson; second photo by Ken Scar, Clemson]


I was just talking to my sister about My Little Pony and I meant to say “Diamond Tiara” but I accidentally said “Yellow Diamond” instead, and… That would be a very different situation for the Cutie Mark Crusaders, wouldn’t it