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Poinsettias on sale at SEMO

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - Horticulture students at Southeast Missouri State University have evaluated 42 varieties of holiday poinsettias and are selling the plants to the public.

Three breeding companies sent rooted cuttings to the Cape Girardeau school's greenhouse in August. Greenhouse staff and students grew the plants and sent their analysis to each company.

Greenhouse manager Denise Pingel says seven of the varieties haven't been released to the market for commercial production.

She says most of the plants are red, but the greenhouse also tested a few varieties of white, pink and burgundy poinsettias and some with multiple colors.

The sale of several thousand poinsettias began last week and continues through Dec. 24.

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