Pointsettia is one of my favorite seasonal plants and it wont be gracing my tables this holiday season.
We got a new addition to the household this year and it is poisonous to Jareth or Mr. Kitty as my husband refers to him as
Clearly he is worth not having the Christmas favorite but I was curious where this tradition came from.
I guess the Poinsettia began being associated in 16th-century Mexico, where legend tells of a girl, commonly called Pepita or Maria, who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday. Apparently "she" was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. The weeds happened to be what we have named Poinsettia and thus the tradition remained.
The tradition came to the U.S. in 1800s Joel Poinsett the ambassador to Mexico is where the American name for these weeds came from!
-The more you know