Through Christmas, our Floral Department is celebrating by having a 2 for $10 Poinsettia Festival! With proper care and maintenance, these beautiful, locally grown flowers can be an integral part of your home decorating this holiday season and well into the New Year. With proper care, these plants can last between 6 and 8 weeks. Make sure to keep your poinsettias out of direct sunlight and away from warm or cold drafts from radiators, or open doors and windows. Moving your poinsettia’s to a cooler room at night can also help its longevity.
Ever wonder why Poinsettias have such a strong connection with Christmas? This comes from a legend dating back to 16th century Mexico, where a young girl, too poor to afford a gift in celebration of the holiday, was inspired by an angel to gather weeds and place them in front of the church altar. In time, crimson flowers blossomed from the seemingly desolate weeds and grew into poinsettias that adorned the altar in beautiful red and green colors.
Coincidentally, December 12th is considered to be national Poinsettia Day. This day in 1851 marks the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett who is responsible for introducing the Poinsettia to the United States.
Poinsett served as ambassador to Mexico in the 1820s under President John Quincy Adams, and had a strong interest in botany. This lead him to not only introduce the American elm to Mexico, but to take some clippings from a beautiful red flower he found growing alongside the road, and bring them back to his greenhouse in South Carolina. While Poinsett was an established politician, serving as both ambassador and congressman, he is best known for that red flower that carries his name: the Poinsettia.
Come check out both our traditional poinsettias, and our new stained glass poinsettias at our Floral Department, and see all our other great products to help make your holiday decorating a little more festive this year!