Five years ago when we bought our house I discovered
on the back patio in a small area of earth was a tree. In fact a poinsettia tree. Many friends said it was trash, to old lady, common. I said wow! I can't wait until it blooms. And it did. Every year, same time and we love it. The very short history behind this flower starts with Joel Roberts Poinsett working for President John Quincy Adams, a trip to Mexico and then to South Carolina. Now this is the Hollywood part, along comes a man by the name Albert Ecke, a trip to Mexico then Los Angeles and Hollywood, Hayworth Ave. to be exact. This is 1906. He and his family had a small ranch on Sunset Blvd. and sold the poinsettias at roadside stands in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Since our house was built in 1922. I like to think that is was bought on the side of the road by an old lady who thought it was the most uncommon beautiful elegant thing she ever saw, because we do too.