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This traditional Christmas flower is not actually a flower at all. Well, at least what we usually think of as a flower. The poinsettia's bright red "petals" are actually its leaves, the flower is the tiny yellow cyathia structure in the center. A plant native to Mexico, it was brought to the United States in the early 1800s and by the early 1900s its bright red and green leaves had grown to become a staple of holiday decorations.