Happy National Poinsettia Day! Poinsettias are a Christmas staple and are super popular this time of year, so naturally, let’s learn some poinsettia facts! They have a brilliant display of colorful leaves. Most people mistake the red-colored foliage for flowers, but they’re actually the leaves of the plant. They are native to Mexico and Joel Roberts Poinsett is the botanist that introduced the plants to the United States. He also did some other pretty important things that the poinsettias seem to overshadow. Today, with over 100 different varieties of poinsettias, you can find red, pink, white, and even marbled patterns. People with latex allergies should avoid getting the sap on them and make sure you keep them out of reach from kids and pets. The milky sap in them can cause some stomach issues if ingested.