Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

The Legend of the Poinsettia

décembre 25The poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) comes from Mexico. It was originally planted by the Aztecs, who saw in its blood red “flowers” (actually bracts) a symbol of purity (for the Aztecs, blood was considered a purifier). The Spanish priests initially fought against this “cursed plant” before finally accepting the altogether too deeply rooted tradition by giving it a Catholic twist. Thus was born the following legend:

A little girl (or a boy, depending on the narrator) wanted to see the baby Jesus, but had no gift to give him. For lack of anything better, she cut some seemingly dead branches to give to the holy child. But when she presented her bouquet to the baby, a miracle occurred. The branches burst into brilliant red flowers – poinsettia flowers – and the baby Jesus smiled! Since then, the poinsettia always blooms at Christmas.

Merry Christmas to all!

Garden writer and blogger, author of more than 60 gardening books, the laidback gardener, Larry Hodgson, lives and gardens in Quebec City, Canada. The Laidback Gardener blog offers more than 2,500 articles to passionate home gardeners, always with the goal of demystifying gardening and making it easier for even novice gardeners. If you have a gardening question, enter it in Search: the answer is probably already there!

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