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Christmas star Poinsettia

Beautiful red flower, Christmas star Poinsettia

Christmas star Poinsettia
On Christmas eve it is customary in European countries to give Poinsettia as a gift. Poinsettia is a very beautiful plant, topped with huge crimson flowers resembling stars. Very elegant and festive, Poinsettia creates joyful mood. There are varieties of cream, white and pink color, but the most popular is still red.
The star-shaped leaf pattern symbolizes the Star of Bethlehem, and the red color represents the blood sacrifice through the crucifixion of Jesus. Traditionally, poinsettia decorates Christmas homes, churches, offices and stores.
Modern varieties of poinsettia are more branched, more decorative and much less demanding. Moreover, with the help of modern chemicals became possible to control the dimensions of the plant. Therefore, modern poinsettia are compact (30-45 cm tall) and currently there are more than 2000 species.
Noteworthy, December 12 is National Poinsettia Day in the United States.

Beautiful Christmas star Poinsettia, Swarovski crystal flower brooch

Swarovski crystal flower brooch

The birthplace of poinsettia is the tropical forests of Mexico. It was there American physician and botanist Joel Roberts Poinsett first saw poinsettia. In 1834, the researcher brought several copies of a beautiful plant to the United States and distributed it in the botanical gardens. Thanks to the scientists and plant breeders, poinsettia has been reduced to acceptable for indoor flower size – 30-50 cm. People very quickly introduced the tradition of buying and decorating their homes with the flower on Christmas Eve. From America, this tradition moved to Europe.

Christmas star Poinsettia

Christmas star Poinsettia

Red Poinsettia

In fact, the plant’s association with Christmas began in 16th-century Mexico. There, the legend tells of a girl, called Pepita or Maria. She was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus’ birthday. So, she gathered weeds from the roadside and placed them in front of the church altar. Crimson blossoms sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias.

Christopher Radko Poinsettia Rhinestone Christmas vintage Brooch

Christopher Radko Christmas vintage brooch

In the United States there is a common misconception that the poinsettia is highly toxic. This is due to spread in 1919 urban legend of a two-year-old child dying after consuming a poinsettia leaf.

This is one of the few indoor plants, period of flowering which is in December – March. By the way, the cultivation of poinsettia in homes is rare, people buy a flowering plant just before Christmas. Poinsettia plant is flowering once a year, blooming like a miracle, it gives to the house in a new guise, becoming the center of attention.

However, poinsettia did not immediately win the hearts of florists. In 1834 the plant was imported to Europe. But first poinsettia has not caused much interest. The first one to come to the real success was Paul Ecke Jr., the third generation of Eckes, florists from Germany. To promote the plants he sent them for free to television programs to be displayed on air from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

Christmas star Poinsettia

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Goldtone Austrian Crystal White Poinsettia Flower Pin

Goldtone Austrian Crystal White Poinsettia Pin

Poinsettia

Poinsettia

Holiday brooch from the KC 'Poinsettia' made in gold color

Holiday brooch from the KC

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Poinsettia. Sarah Coventry vintage set

Sarah Coventry vintage set

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Poinsettia Christmas tree decoration

Poinsettia Christmas tree brooch

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Poinsettia Christmas Decoration

Filigree Christmas Decoration

Poinsettia as a Christmas tree

Poinsettia as a Christmas tree