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FRESH AND FESTIVE: Poinsettias

If you are like most of us Americans, it isn’t Christmas without a few beautiful poinsettias in your home.  Although I have always known that poinsettias are native to Mexico, I never really knew the real history behind the flower, how it became associated with Christmas, and how it made its way to the United States.  So, I did some research and wanted to share what I found.

A legend tells of a young girl in 16th century Mexico who was too poor to provide a gift for the Christmas celebration.  This child was inspired by an angel to gather weeds and place them in front of her church altar.  And so the story goes, beautiful red “flowers” sprouted from these weeds and grew into what we know as the poinsettia.  The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolize the Star of Bethlehem and the red color represents the blood of Jesus, sacrificed for our sins.

Poinsettias were brought to the United States in 1825 by Joel Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico.  They are now commercially grown in all 50 states and there are over 100 varieties available.  California is the top producing state but we get our poinsettias at FRESH from right here in the state of Texas.

We are offering a variety of beautiful Texas grown poinsettias from now until Christmas in our Floral Department.  This week, our 14-inch poinsettias are all on sale for just $30.  You save $5!

Have a great Christmas!