As a participant for Beth's party I thought what better way to start my post than with the history of this plant synonymous with Christmas?
The Latin name for poinsettias is Euphorbia pulcherrima and they are native to southern Mexico and Central America. In their natural habitat, the bushy deciduous plants bloom in winter and can grow ten feet or more in height.
Joel R. Poinsett, the American ambassador to Mexico from 1825-1829 introduced the poinsettia to the U.S.
Plant breeders have produced many cultivars from the species for size and colour.
The Aztecs considered poinsettias to be a symbol of purity and made medicine to treat fever from the white latex that oozes from a broken stem and dye from the colourful bracts.
Poinsettias are the perfect plant to take along as a hostess gift during the holidays. Alone, or part of an arrangement in a candy cane striped box as below, they make a colourful offering.
Poinsettias are quite popular on holiday dishes, glassware and linens. Although I don't have any such collections, I do have this cup and saucer that was a gift as part of an exchange at work many years ago.
Won't you join me for a cup of Christmas Eve herbal tea while you visit the other blogs for the poinsettia party?
Thanks Beth for gathering your blogging friends together to host this party.