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 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

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