It’s not just here in the USA that poinsettias are synonymous with Christmas. In Mexico and Central America, these brilliantly-colored plants are known as Flor de la Noche Buena, or the Flower of The Holy Night, and are used to celebrate Christmas Eve. Legend has it that a young girl named Maria was crying because she had no money to buy a gift to give as an offering to Jesus at the nativity scene. To comfort Maria, her brother Pablo suggested that she pick a bouquet of weeds on the side of the road, assuring her that even the most modest of gifts was still a gift in the eyes of God. The legend continues that as Maria laid her bundle of weeds at the altar, they bloomed into the rich, red leaves of a poinsettia, leaving the crowd awestruck.
In Italian, these blossoms are referred to as stelle di Natale, or Christmas stars, for their unique pointed shape, and as a nod to the Star of Bethlehem in the biblical Christmas story.
In English, we refer to these plants as poinsettias after John Poinsett, the Mexican ambassador who brought these flowering shrubs from America from Mexico in 1828. No matter what you call these beautiful blossoms, we hope you’ll enjoy our collection of goods from across the globe, each lovingly handcrafted to celebrate this unique winter plant.