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The Story of the Christmas Poinsettia

You’ve seen them decorating the shopping mall, the church, and your company’s lobby. In fact, there is no flower more closely associated with this time of year than the classic Christmas poinsettia. At Breen’s Florist, we are proud to offer the highest quality poinsettias to make your season festive. Vivid red or snowy white, the plant is legendary as a holiday tradition – but did you ever wonder why it is our favorite bloom for Christmas?
There are several legends associated with the beautiful poinsettia, which is native to Mexico. Some cite that the shape of the flower is reminiscent of the Star of Bethlehem – the astral phenomenon which led the Magi to the birthplace of Jesus. Other Christian traditions say that the deep red color is meant to gesture towards the eventual sacrifice He would endure.

However, the most beloved poinsettia story tells of a young peasant girl on her way to pay homage to the newborn Christ child. Although she could not afford a gift to bring, she offered Him some wildflowers she had picked by the side of the road. According to the legend, her gift of love and adoration was transformed into a beautiful flower when it was placed at His feet.

If you have received a poinsettia, there are a few basic rules to follow to keep the plant thriving long after the presents have been opened. Simply keep the flowers away from both warm and cold drafts – the plant prefers a climate between 65-75 degrees F, and a little humidity will help it to adapt. Water the plant well when the soil gets dry, but always drain any excess water, as the poinsettia’s roots will rot if resting in water.

Whether your gift list requires poinsettias, centerpieces for your holiday table, gorgeous floral displays, or holiday gift baskets, the Breen’s Florist Holiday Gift Guide has everything you need to finish your shopping. We’ll even be your personal Santa Claus and deliver all your gifts for you – on time, anywhere in Houston and across the country! Call us today, and then relax and enjoy the beauty of the holiday season.