Our Flower of the Month - The Poinsettia

December 19, 2018

 

 

The Poinsettia is a plant species of the diverse spurge family (euphorbiaceae), and is indigenous to Mexico.  It derives its name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, who introduced the now iconic plant to the US in 1825. 

The coloured brants, most often vibrant red in colour but can also be orange, cream, pink,  white, pale green and marbled, are often mistaken for the flower, when in fact these are the leaves.  The flower is actually the yellow clustered buds in the centre.  

 

Every December, many of us bring a beautifully rich flame red poinsettia into our home, but have you ever wondered why we associate this plant with Christmas? The association comes from a Mexican legend…. According to the story, a child, with no means of a grander gift, gathered weeds from the side of the road to place at the church alter on Christmas Eve.  As the congregation witnessed a Christmas miracle, the weeds turned into brilliant red and green flowers. Today, the Poinsettia is often referred to as the Christmas star.

 

 

 

Ancient Aztecs considered the flower a sign of purity.  Nowadays, the Poinsettia is often referred to as the December birth flower, symbolizing good cheer and success, as well as bringing wishes of mirth and celebration.

 

You can come and handpick your poinsettia from any of our stores.  

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