Clemson University horticulture student Jason Warren, a junior from Houston, Texas, holds two Poinsettia plants in one of Clemson’s greenhouses, Dec. 1, 2016.

Clemson University horticulture student Jason Warren, a junior from Houston, Texas, holds two Poinsettia plants in one of Clemson’s greenhouses, Dec. 1, 2016.
Image Credit: Ken Scar / Clemson University

You say “poin-SET-eea,” your friends says “poin-SET-a.” Who’s right?

You both are. Both pronunciations — with the “eea” or with just the “a” are acceptable, according to Jim Faust, associate professor of horticulture at Clemson University. Faust has literally written the book on poinsettias, a plant he’s specialized in growing for 30 years.

“Scientists will say ‘poin-SET-eea’, but either way is fine,” Faust said.