Poinsettias are traditionally used as a decorative flower during the Christmas season. Mexicans believe the plants represent the Star of Bethlehem, which is one reason for their association with Christmas.
Also, there’s a story about a young boy who wanted to see a Nativity Play at a local church. He realized that he didn’t have a gift for the Baby Jesus, so he gathered some green branches. Others scoffed at his choice of gift – that is, until as he placed them near the manger and a bright red poinsettia flower bloomed on each branch.
This story helped give rise to their traditional use at Christmas.
Poinsettia flowers, with their flaming red leaves, can be placed wherever you would normally place plants. They are commonly used around offices in general and personal work spaces during the holidays
I’ve often wondered at the proper pronunciation of poinsettia. Is it ‘poyn-set-a” or ‘poyn-set-ee-a’? What do you think?
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