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Friday, December 12, 2008

Poinsetta Day

Poinsetta Day

History of the poinsettia and the Christmas tradition
In Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs, the plant is called Cuitlaxochitl meaning "star flower." The Aztecs used the plant to produce red dye and as an antipyretic medication. In both Chile and Peru, the plant became known as "Crown of the Andes".

The plants' association with Christmas began in 16th century Mexico, where legend tells of a young girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday. The tale goes that the child was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson "blossoms" sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias.From the 17th century, Franciscan monks in Mexico included the plants in their Christmas celebrations.

There are over 100 varieties of poinsettia available. 74% of Americans prefer red poinsettias, 8% prefer white, and 6% prefer pink.
In the United States, December 12th is National Poinsettia Day.

From Wikipedia
Lady of the Mote


Dawnie said...

interesting. I didnt know any of this. The other day I was in a store and came across a light blue poinsetta that also had sparkles on the was so beautiful. I like the various colors, nothing is prettier than many of these plants grouped together.

Shellmo said...

I love the history behind Christmas traditions - thank you for sharing this! Though I do like the red poinsettia - I do like those "burgundy" dyed ones too!

Mimi said...

I didn't know that. I love poinsettias.

The Happy Housewife said...

I actually have a red, white and pink plant in my house right now! I love it!

GroundedFitness said...

I love poinsettas cause i cant kill them.

Kelly Turner

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Love the history of this powerful Christmas plant!

Thank you for your words on my blog.

Jillian said...

Hi! Just found your blog by way of a few other the history on the Poinsettia! Thanks for sharing....have a wonderful Christmas.