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Poinsettias, especially the red varieties, are the most popular potted plant sold during the holidays. They can also be finnicky to keep alive. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Getting the points of healthy poinsettias

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Poinsettias are the nation's most popular plant during the Christmas holidays.

The Mexican import was used by the Aztecs to make dye. In southern states, they grow to the size of bushes, or even small trees as perennials.

They are 85 percent of the plants purchased and sent during the holidays, estimated somewhere above 65 million in the U.S., with sales topping $220 million annually

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