Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) are not an American Christmas tradition like I ignorantly thought until recently when in conversation with my dad, he states they were from Cuba. I tell him, “I’ll get back with you on that one.”
Guess what I discovered? Poinsettias are a Mexican native. Yes. Is that amazing? Aztecs used Poinsettias as medicine and dye.
Many cultures use the Poinsettia for seasonal festivities occurring on December 12 or nearby dates.
The Poinsettia in these pictures make their abode in my mother’s garden. Went there this morn’ to take pictures since I noticed last night some of the green bracts had started turning red. Captured their transcendent and transient beauty with these pictures.
I don’t know how my mother gets these bracts to change colors–she says she does nothing. However, it is said that in order for Poinsettia to re-bloom the following year, they need at least 12 hour darkness for five straight days. Then, they need full sunshine. As you can see in this photo, they have full sunshine, but how did she get them to have 12 hours of darkness in five days? She says, “Nada, mi vida.” Okay, mom. Perhaps, they are in the perfect environment to flourish on their own. All I know is that when in full bloom, the vivid crimson brings seasonal joy into my being, indeed.
The shot of the lone Poinsettia by the stone wall fascinates me.
In a few weeks, the entire Poinsettia bush will be ablazin’ in red. I’ll post more pics then.
Here is the link to a website, an extension to the University of Illinois–a very informative “Facts” page and where I retrieved my information for this blogpost.
Here is a picture I took at the Gaylord Palm Resort in Orlando, Florida: A Poinsettia Christmas Tree and my second Christmas Tree to share with ya’ll. I plan to post one picture each day up to Christmas Day.
‘Tis the season…and the Poinsettia, which was known to have existed for as far back as the Aztecs, is everywhere. ‘Tis curious, indeed.