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Why do we gift Poinsettias at Christmas time?

Poinsettias have long been associated with Christmas for a few reasons.  They’re such a beautifully striking plant in the most appropriate colours of the festive season – red and green.  The ruby red of the flower is not actually a flower at all, just leafy foliage of the shrub/small tree native to South America.

The red ‘flower’ is also commonly associated by religious communities as having the shape of the Star of Bethlehem. An old Mexican legend tells the tale of Pepita who was very sad that she had no money for a gift for the baby Jesus.  Comforted, she was told that any gift, no matter how small, would be greatly appreciated. As she walked to the church, Pepita picked a bouquet of weeds and left them at the bottom of the nativity scene where they transformed into beautiful red flowers. From that day on, they became known as “Flores de Noche Buena,” or “Flowers of the Holy Night.”

We consider them a Christmas flower, and many people give them around Christmas time to symbolise good will and community spirit.

Giving this living gift will be a lasting reminder of a very special time of the year.  Send one of our Poinsettias gift wrapped with ‘Merry Christmas’ ribboning either by itself or mixed in amongst a delectable gourmet hamper for all to share.

Tis the season!