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The Christmas fields of Southern California.

The modern tradition of growing and giving poinsettias has its roots in Southern California. At the turn of the century, the Albert Ecke family was inspired by this Mexican native blooming wild on Hollywood hillsides. Albert's son, Paul Ecke, Sr., was the first to plant them in fields, selling the cut flowers from stands along Sunset Boulevard. The Eckes later moved to their Encinitas ranch, pictured here, where they continue to breed and market poinsettias: today, cuttings for about 90 percent of the world's potted poinsettias originate here.
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Title Annotation:poinsettia tradition
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Date:Dec 1, 1991
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