Thursday, November 15, 2007

Poinsettia- the Christmas flower

There are number of flowers and herbs associated with Christmas like Mistletoe, Wreath,
Poinsettia. Of them , my favorite flora for Christmas decor is the last one, Poinsettia.
While the most common ones are the red Poinsettia with three to six blooms, there are other shapes, sizes and colors.
Lots of myths and stories are associated with this flower. These are actually native of Southern Mexico, Central America and Africa. The Mayan Indians believed that poinsettias are powerful creatures from another world while for the Aztecs the poinsettia was a symbol of purity.
According to a Mexican legend a child picked up some weeds from the side of the road as she could not afford a gift for Christ on Christmas. As she entered the church with the weeds, it blossomed into red and green flowers.



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