Native to North and Central America, the poinsettia plant was cultivated by the Aztec people to produce red dye and as medicine. In the Nahuatl language, it is called cuetlaxōchitl (kwet-la-sho-she). It also known as the Christmas star, flor de nochebuena, and crown of the Andes.

In current culture, this plant is typically associated with the Christmas season and used as decoration in homes and churches across North America.

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