BALTIMORE (WJZ) — They’re native to Mexico, but it’s the plant everyone loves during the holidays and here in Baltimore, their vibrant colors are on display at the Rawlings Conservatory.

Ron Matz has more on this year’s Poinsettia Pandemonium in Druid Hill Park.

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They’re in full bloom at the Rawlings Conservatory.  A symbol of holiday cheer is the picturesque Poinsettia. This year, it’s a trip to Bedford Falls for “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

“This year we went to the theme, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” which is an iconic Christmas story,” Horticultural Assistant at the Rawlings Conservatory, Sandy Reagan said. “We captured bits and pieces of the movie… we incorporate our beautiful Poinsettias with them.”

The Poinsettia needs a lot of sun. It’s a plant of many different colors. Here at the Conservatory you can buy one from $4 to $15.

“The response has been incredible,” Horticultural Assistant at the Rawlings Conservatory, Julia Dodd said. “We’ve had record sales for our Poinsettias… people really love it.”

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The plant is named for Joel Robert Ponsett, the first ambassador to Mexico, who brought the Poinsettia to the U.S. in 1825.

“The Poinsettias are colorful and easy to care for… they’re quite beautiful… it’s part of the holiday time to see the beautiful flowers,” Reagan said. “The original color was red…. when our ambassador to Mexico, Joel Robert Poinsett, brought them back in 1825, he was an amateur botanist and did some cross pollinating and created some different colors.”

Colors that brighten the holiday, Poinsettia perfection, a Baltimore wonderland on a trip to Druid Hill Park.

“I’d just love people to come down and see all these beautiful flowers,” Reagan said. “We do this exhibit for our friends in Baltimore… we’d love you to come and enjoy it… it wouldn’t be any fun if nobody came.”

The Rawlings Conservatory is open Wednesday through Sundays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Poinsettia show continues through Sunday, Jan. 4.

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