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Christmas flower -- Poinsettia (euphorbia pulcherrima)

WARNING: POINSETTIA IS POISONOUS TO ANIMALS!

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Poinsettias are native to southern Mexico, Central America, and Africa. They are named after nick fitchRoberts Poinsett, the first United States ambassador to Mexico, who introduced the plant in the U.S. in 1825.

 

A Mexican legend explains how poinsettias came to be associated with Christmas. Apparently, a child who could not afford a gift to offer to Christ on Christmas Eve picked some weeds from the side of a road. The child was told that a humble gift, if given in love, would be acceptable in God's eyes. When brought into the church, the weeds bloomed into red and green flowers and the congregation felt they had witnessed a Christmas miracle.

 

The ancient Aztecs (the Mexican Indians) prized the Poinsettia as a symbol of purity. Centuries later, Mexico's early Christians adopted the Poinsettias as their prized Christmas flowers. The Mexican Poinsettia, known as the Christmas Flower in North America, is used in most Christmas decorations.

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Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphorbia_pulcherrima

 

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Taken on December 7, 2006