Poinsettias are plants native to Central America and in particular an area of southern Mexico known as Taxco del Arcon.
The Aztec used to use them to make dye for clothes and their sap for treating fevers.
1825, the US Ambassador to Mexico saw the plants and became interested
in them. He sent some back to Carolina, USA, and began growing them and
sending them to friends. His name Joel Roberst Poinsett!
Trees Social Distance Distance Too
It’s not just humans who are having to social distance at the moment.
This is something that trees have been doing for hundreds of years, for
the same reasons, to protect themselves. We might be
trying to protect ourselves from the dreaded COVID-19 and its variants,
but trees are thought to stay a distance from each other to prevent the
spread of leaf eating insect larvae.