October 16, 2009

Poinsettia, The Holy Night Flower

will arrive, and reappeared poinsettia flowers. This interest has become of interest
Christmas is typical. How history of this one flower to a flower
Christmas is interesting?

"Euphorbia pulcherrima, commonly known as poinsettia, is a species of flowering plant indigenous to Mexico and Guatemala. The name "poinsettia" is after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, who introduced the plant into the US in 1828." (SOURCE : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poinsettia )

Legends about this red-leafed flowers come from Mexico. It is said that there was a Mexican girl named Pepita and brother
brother who was a child, Pablo. They are very poor and could not buy gifts for the Baby Jesus at the time of the ceremony
Christmas Eve.

As Pepita and Pedro went to church on Christmas Eve, their hearts more sad than excited. "I am sure, Pepita, the best gift if given with will be received by the Baby Jesus," said his brother Pedro.

Do not know what to make, Pepita knelt by the roadside and gathered a bunch of wild flowers, and they arranged to make it look attractive. But the fact is made even more sad Pepita. The tears fell as he entered the village chapel where he will celebrate Christmas Eve. Moreover, other children mocked their Christmas presents brought.

Pepita approached the altar. Wise words spoken by his brother, Pedro, ringing in the ears. She felt spirits rose when she knelt to lay the bouquet at the manger scene.

Suddenly there was a miracle. Bouquet turned red and the leaves like a star shape. Bright flowers and the people in the village chapel to witness what had happened.

Since then the color red flowers were known as brilliant Flores de Noche Buena
or Flowers of the Holy Night. Today we call the poinsettia flower.

This Christmas favorite flower has many names. In America, the poinsettia is called Flame Leaf. This flower actually originated from South America. The Aztecs called it Cuetlaxochitle. Around the 14th century - the 16 tribes have been using the sap of the flower to cure fever, while the leaves to dye fabric. Chile and Peru people call these flowers Crown of the Andes.

Montezuma, the last Aztec king, brought the poinsettia to the area now known as Mexico City by caravans because poinsettias could not grow well in the highlands.

Poinsettia, The Holy Night Flower

The person credited with this flower and introduced to the United States is
Joel Poinsett, who was appointed by President Andrew Jackson in 1820 to
United States Ambassador to Mexico first. At that time, Mexico was
fall into civil war. He has great attention to fields
botany and diligent in visiting various places in the country. In 1828 he
find beautiful flowers on the roadside, then cut the stems
flowers, and keep it in the greenhouse in South Carolina. Flower's
we shall know the name of poinsettia that was.

In the world of botanica, this flower is known by the name Euphoribia pulcherrima. The name was given by the German botanist, Wilenow. He was so fascinated with the color of the flowers, then gave Euphoribia name pulcherrima means "very beautiful".

However, people still remember Poinsett services that have brought interest to the United States. William Prescott, a historian and horticulturist, was asked to find a new name to commemorate Euphoribia pulcherrima Poinsett services. Then, he replaced it with a poinsettia flower, and this is a famous name until now. Prescott introduced the new name in his book titled Conquest of Mexico. Congress recalled the ambassador services by setting December 12 as National Day poinsettia. Tersebutlah On Poinsett died.

Poinsettia sale was first started by John Bartram was the name of the flower botanica, Euphoribia pulcherrima. Only in early 1900, Ecke family in Southern California to plant flowers in the open and sell them on a large scale throughout the United States.

When Christmas comes, the flower market it holds about 85 percent. Approximately 90 percent of those sold were imported from the United States, and 80 percent produced in the Paul Ecke Ranch in California. Poinsettia sales annually about U.S. $ 220 million.

Generally the buyer liked the red poinsettia (74 percent), just follow the white poinsettia (8 percent), and pink (6 percent). Generally, the women of the most loved flowers and they usually have the age of 40 or more.

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