The poinsettia plant reigns as the undisputed classic Christmas flower. It is steeped in legend and symbolism. associated with both the Christian aspects of the holiday and the commercial observance of Christmas. In fact, poinsettia plants are prolific at this time of year – adorning the entrances of shopping malls, the front desks of businesses and the sanctuaries of churches. They are popular for corporate gifts, hostess gifts, and as a home decor choice. But why is the poinsettia so closely tied to Christmas?
Originally discovered in Mexico, the vivid plant is known in its homeland as “Flores de Noche Buena”, or “Flowers of the Holy Night”. The name comes from Mexican folklore, which told the story of a young peasant girl who wished to offer something to the Christ child at His birth. However, she was poor and could not afford a gift, so she pulled some weeds from the side of the road so she would have something to bring. As she placed the weeds at the feet of the child, legend says her pure offering transformed into the beautiful poinsettia plant.
The shape of the plant is also often likened to the Star of Bethlehem, the celestial guide of the Magi after the birth of Christ; and the deep red scarlet of the flower has also been tied in Christian tradition to the blood He would shed.
Did You Know?
The red “petals” of the poinsettia plant are actually its leaves, known as bracts. The true poinsettia flower is the yellow cluster in the center of the bracts.
Although many recognize the deep red variety of the plant, the flowers also grow in white and pink, as well as hybrid combinations of the hues. At Robertson’s Flowers, we have every color of poinsettia you may be looking for, potted in decorative foil or attractive baskets. Poinsettias come in a variety of sizes, from 3 stem to 8 stem. This means that there is a perfect poinsettia for every situation – whether to sit on a dining room table or to be displayed in large arrangements in commercial spaces.
For all or your corporate gifts, office decorating, or personal gift giving, this classic Christmas flower is a perfect choice. However, Robertson’s Flowers is also proud to offer stunning seasonal florals, custom wreaths, and gift baskets to help you check off everyone on your gift list. Give us a call today! We deliver across Philadelphia and across the country, to ensure that your friends and family have the happiest of holidays.