With the Christmas countdown in full swing, many of us are scrambling to find gifts for our friends and loved ones. While high tech gadgets become more impressive and more in demand each year, it is important to remember that thoughtful, lovely gifts don’t need to come at a high price. And they don’t need to be man-made. Flowers have been proven time and time again to bring cheer and brighten up any room. We offer many different and beautiful arrangements that you can customize to fit your own style and needs. (Check out our website for more info on our winter arrangements.)
While virtually any flowers can be used to create a beautiful holiday arrangement, there is one flower that is known as the Christmas flower. I’m talking about the brilliant red poinsettia plant. They are so popular around this time, it’s hard not to find them in homes and businesses adding pops of color to the holiday decor. They even have their own national day on December 17th, the date that Joel Robert Poinsett past away. Poinsett was a botanist, physician, and congressman who, after a visit to Mexico where poinsettias were originally grown, brought back the plant to the states to cultivate it in his own green house. The botanical name, Euphorbia pulcherrima meaning “very beautiful”, was given to the plant by a German botanist who was awestruck when he saw the rich red colors of the bloom. The leaves were actually used in the Aztec culture to make dyes. The sap is also said to have been used to control fevers.
There have been rumors that the poinsettia is poisonous. Though the rumors are not true, it is recommended that pets be kept away from the plant. Ingesting the leaves can cause diarrhea and vomiting in animals. It has to be ingested in large quantities before it is harmful to humans but it has a terrible taste and it’s really not recommended.
Poinsettias come in shades of red, pink, burgundy, and white so they really compliment a Christmas arrangement. They may not connect you to the internet or allow you to play two-person shooter games, but we can guarantee that they will make a great gift for that special person on your gift list.
Give us a call or check out our website for more information on ordering a poinsettia plant.
Happy Holidays from Leigh Florist!