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Dial-a-Star, a Mexican wave for Poinsettia in Bethnal Green

London celebrates the poinsettia, the UK’s number 1 Christmas houseplant, with an exciting installation co-created by Stars for Europe and McQueens Flower School.

Highlighting the poinsettia’s Mexican heritage, ‘Dial-a-Star’ features an iconic London telephone box positioned within a landscape of white and red poinsettias, alongside some classically architectural cacti – joining to form the tricolour found within the Mexican flag.

The title, ‘Dial-a-Star’ is a reference to the poinsettia’s other name of ‘Christmas Star’ as well as a playful nod to this plant’s popularity over the festive season.

Post box surrounded by Poinsettia and Cacti

This ubiquitous christmas plant originates from Mexico and was introduced to the US back in 1828 by Mr Joel Roberts Poinsett, the then US diplomat in Mexico. National Poinsettia Day, which takes place worldwide on 12
December, commemorates his death.

Since that time it has become a festive staple for the home, and is now the UK’s number 1 houseplant over the Christmas season.

Sophie Powell, Principal of McQueens Flower School says: ‘This beautiful piece with its amusing juxtaposition of classic London telephone box alongside the ubiquitous poinsettia, brings together two iconic objects from different worlds, communicating together at Christmas.’

‘Dial-a-Star, a Mexican wave for Poinsettia in Bethnal Green’ is available to be viewed at Newspeak House, 133-

135 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 7DG, on Friday 23 November 4pm-7pm, Saturday 24 November 10am-6pm and Sunday 25 November 10am-6pm.

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