The poinsettia is an iconic Christmas plant with striking red leaves but did you know that there are pink, white and yellow varieties too? The flowers of the traditional Poinsettia are small, yellow buds found in the centre of each cluster of leaves, the sign of a healthy plant is that the flowers will look fresh and still be in bud.
The bright red and green makeup of the Poinsettia means it an ideal Christmas gift that can last for months even years. The poinsettias link with Christmas tells the tale of a young Mexican girl who desperately wanted to leave a gift for the Virgin Mary on Christmas Eve but was so poor that this was not possible. On the way to church she met an angel who told her that any gift was acceptable, no matter how humble. Reassured by this, the little girl gathered a bouquet of weeds from a nearby roadside and placed the bouquet at the foot of the altar. Out of nowhere, the weeds blossomed into brilliant bloom and filled the room with a glorious red hue because she had given the most incredible gift of all, genuine love.