December 13, 2010
Flower of the Month
Euphorbia pulcherrima or commonly known as poinsettia is, in my opinion, the most popular flower of the month. And we're just happy to have 3 healthy shrubs in our garden. Our homeschoolers learned that the flower is not color red but yellow. The red part which most people thought as petals are actually leaves.
The plant's association with Christmas began in 16th century Mexico, where legend tells of a young girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday. The tale goes that the child was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson "blossoms" sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias. From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plants in their Christmas celebrations.The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolize the Star of Bethlehem, and the red color represents the blood sacrifice through the crucifixion of Jesus. [Wikipedia]