23 Dec The legend of the Poinsettia
The beauty of the red star-shaped Poinsettia cannot be missed during the Christmas season. Also known as the Christmas flower, it has a legendary story which comes from Mexico . It started with two poor children, Maria and her little brother Pablo, who wished they could give something to the church for the Baby Jesus in the manger scene. As they had no money, they picked some weeds along the roadside, while setting out for church on Christmas eve. This was their gift for Jesus in the manger scene and they were teased by many children when they arrived with their gift. Maria and Pablo placed the green plants around the manger and over time, they miraculously turned red and soon the manger was surrounded by beautiful star-like flowers. The Mexicans named the plant ‘Flor de la Noche Buena’ or ‘Flower of the Holy Night’.
These striking blooms caught the attention of Dr Joel Roberts Poinsett, America’s first ambassador to Mexico, who brought the plant back to America and raised it in his greenhouse in Charleston, South Carolina.
It was named in his honour in 1836.
This stunning plant’s beauty is celebrated at Christmas with colourful displays of the traditional red, pink, cream, white and other colourful combinations.
They are now available from most Garden Centres, so get yours soon to bring a festive feel to the indoors of your home around the Christmas season. Position them where they will receive alot of light but no direct sun and make sure they are kept away from cold or warm drafts to ensure the best results.