With Thanksgiving behind us, we can now officially begin preparations for Christmas! The decoration boxes have been opened, our trees are going up, and everywhere you turn, you see the holiday celebration being displayed. From shopping malls to churches, the poinsettia is a seasonal tradition with a long legacy, and for good reason – the vivid red flower has come to embody all we love about the Christmas season. At City Line Florist, we have the highest quality plants and florals that will make your holiday gorgeous, including the beloved poinsettia.
In honor of the iconic flower of Christmas, we’d like to provide a bit of trivia surrounding this popular bloom:
- Joel Roberts Poinsett was the first American minister to Mexico. In 1825, he brought a vibrant red bloom indigenous to the region back to the states, and the flower was ultimately named after him.
- The poinsettia is considered the official flower of Christmas due to legends associated with the plant. Some believe that the flower was created to represent the Star of Bethlehem (due to its shape). The more popular story speaks of a young peasant girl who was quite poor. Wanting to bring an offering to the Christ child but having no money, she picked weeds from the side of the road. When the weeds were laid at the feet of the baby, they transformed into a vividly beautiful poinsettia.
- The true flowers are the small yellow clusters in the center. The red, white or pink “petals” are actually the leaves, or bracts, of the plant.
- The poinsettia comes in a wide variety of sizes, and can be arranged for any occasion – smaller plants for tabletops, medium plants to decorate offices or large, potted poinsettias for commercial decor.
- Easy to care for and maintain, your poinsettia will last long after the holiday as long as it is kept in a temperature range of 65-75 degrees (with no drafts) and watered when the soil is dry to the touch. But don’t waterlog your plant, drain any excess water so the roots do not rot.Our designers are eager to help you to choose the perfect poinsettia for your friends, family members or colleagues. Our Holiday Gift Guide also offers festive centerpieces for your table, gorgeous holiday floral arrangements and many more selections perfect for gifts and decor. Give us a call today, and we’ll help you work through your list. Then relax! Christmas is sure to be beautiful, with a gift from City Line Florist.