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]


  1. I found this post very interesting! I think that I will have to add Poinsettias to our advent activities! Thank you for posting this.

  2. Great mosaic ... it really shows the beauty of the Poinsettia bracts and tiny flowers. I'm lucky enough to be able to grow Poinsettias out in my garden, but they only flower during our Winter here in Australia. Of course, the nurseries do force the flowers to bloom just in time for Christmas.

  3. Beautiful mosaic!

    Happy Monday!

    My MYM.

  4. I agree this is the flower of the month and they are so pretty!
    Red Tuesday

  5. thanks for the trivia...and thanks, too, for these lovely plants, indeed a very "ruby" post:)


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