It is estimated that over 34 million poinsettia plants will be sold this Christmas, and that number represents 25% of all the potted plants sold this year. The king of the Christmas flowers is prolific during this season, seen everywhere from corporate lobbies to nativity scenes. Ron & Alicia Robinson Florist is proud to offer high-quality, long-lasting poinsettia plants for every name on your list – but why is this classic flowering plant so strongly associated with this holiday?
The legend of the poinsettia plant began in Mexico, which is where the plant was discovered by Joel Roberts Poinsett. Locals told Poinsett of the story of a young girl who wished to bring a gift to the Christ child on the first Christmas, but she was poor and had no means to bring an offering. Placing a bouquet of raggedy wildflowers at His feet in a gesture of love, the weeds transformed into the beautiful poinsettia.
The poinsettia’s place among Christmas flowers is further proven by its festive colors and star shape which looks like the Star of Bethlehem. What many do not realize, however, is that the deep red “petals” of the poinsettia are not petals at all, but leaves. Known as bracts, the colorful leaves of the plant grow in shades of white, pink and red, although the red variety is easily the most popular.
Poinsettias make the perfect gift for corporate clients or friends and family. If you are headed to a holiday party, consider a classic potted poinsettia or decorative garden as a beautiful hostess gift.
While browsing the selection of poinsettias available for the holidays, make sure you look at our Holiday Gift Guide. You’ll find gorgeous Christmas flowers and bouquets, centerpieces for every holiday table, and gourmet gift baskets. No matter how many people are on your Christmas list, the experts at Ron & Alicia Robinson Florist will help you to choose the perfect gift, and then arrange for delivery throughout Glendora, Whittier, and Rowland Heights. This year, give Santa a rest – and give us a call instead.