First of all the name - apparently named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, one time United States Minister to Mexico, who first introduced the plant to the USA. He went on to become Minister of War during the presidency of Martin Van Buren. There can't be too many Ministers of War with flowers named after them!
Oh, and while I was lifting the decorations into the loft I noticed this sticker on the old suitcase containing them. A reminder of times past.....
....when my Granny went sailing off across the Atlantic in 1965, courtesy of Cunard Lines, to see her daughters and their families, some of whom, by the wonders of our modern world, are followers of this blog.