WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12: POINSETTIA DAY
Profile America -- Sunday, December 12th. Poinsettias, with their contrast of brilliant red against green, are an established part of the color and tradition of the holidays. But many may be unaware that they are named for a real person, Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, honored on this day, the anniversary of his death. He was a U.S. diplomat who developed his lasting legacy and symbol of Christmas from a flower he found while stationed in Mexico in the early 19th century. Poinsett also represented South Carolina in Congress and later served as secretary of war. Americans spend more than $17 billion a year on the products of greenhouses and nurseries, including over $4 billion on floriculture crops, such as poinsettias. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2010, p. 600
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 815
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau