Site of the Day for Thursday, December 12, 2002 National Poinsettia Day On the off-chance that Gentle Members missed this on their calendars, today is indeed, National Poinsettia Day. To commemorate the day, the List offers a website of the same name from the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program. "This is a day jointly designated by Congress and the floral industry to celebrate the beauty and rich history of the poinsettia. . . A native plant of Mexico, the poinsettia originated in a region near present-day Taxco. . . National Poinsettia Day is not only a day to enjoy these lovely plants, but an opportunity to clear up a long-standing misconception." - from the website The site provides details about the introduction of the plant to the U.S. and why this particular date has been assigned to celebrate the poinsettia. The old wives tale about their poisonous properties is also examined. Additional information about caring for these plants throughout the year and bringing them into flower is included. Nip over to the website for useful information about poinsettias at: http://hiddenvegas.com/mastergardeners/documents/poinsettias.html A.M. Holm <admin-sotd@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Manage your subscription and view the List archives on the web at: <http://www.freelists.org/cgi-bin/webpage?webpage_id=sotd> and <http://www.freelists.org/archives/sotd> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ UNSUBSCRIBE by sending a blank email to sotd-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with unsubscribe in the Subject field.