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Poinsettias - A Brief History and Photo Gallery of Poinsettia Flowers

Updated on December 15, 2011

A Poinsettia Christmas "Tree"

The bright red really brightens up any indoor garden.
The bright red really brightens up any indoor garden. | Source

Some Poinsettia History and Pictures of Different Poinsettia Displays

The beautiful poinsettia has been around a long time. In fact, what we call "the Poinsettia", is a native plant to Mexico. The Aztecs were known to call the poinsettia "Cuetlaxochitl". This was a name that signified a flower that withers, or a mortal flower that must perish like all things pure. This beautiful flowering plant, the Cuetlaxochitl, was actually cultivated and thought of as a gift from the gods and Montezuma. Montezuma's time as from 1480 through 1520, and was the last of the Aztec Kings. It was interesting to find out that he loved these flowers to adorn his palaces with this plant. (Note: I am sharing here, only a very limited, though early history of the Poinsettia, or Cuetlaxochitl. There is much more that could said on the history of poinsettias.)

Because of its blood red color, it served the Aztecs as a reminder of sacrifice. More specific, a sacrifice they believed that the gods had made, to help create the universe. Thus, the need to repay with human sacrifice, which we have verified by findings in archaeology over time.

One a more practical note, this plant used the sap from the Poinsettia to be a cure for fever. The bracts, or leaves were used to make dyes.

This collection is one in which I collected during the Christmas season and they are pretty self explanatory. Of note, I especially liked the poinsettia "tree", and the bright pink poinsettias that were very bright and cheerful. I also liked the display ideas as a compliment to other decorations, or as a unique display themselves.

These poinsettias are paired with other flowers and plants as well, which I found interesting. I never would have thought some of these would look so great together. For a completely different look, you can see how they paired the bright pink with the white poinsettias. The large hanging poinsettia was also very pretty.



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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      AboutAustralia, thank you so much for your visit, vote and comment here. :) I appreciate it very much.

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      7 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Absolutely beautiful photos and a very interesting hub, thanks for sharing. Voted up! :)

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Thank you Mary, always love your visits! I am jealous of your climate there sometimes, but I also love mine! Its a joy to grow whatever we can, wherever we live. So glad for your poinsettia! I bet its beautiful! Goodnight my friend. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      I can't figure out how anyone could get a large Poinsettia to grow in a hanging basket! Very beautiful Hub as always. I loved the pink one, too. My Poinsettia from last Christmas is going to show off for me again this year, I'm so pleased. I voted this UP, etc.etc. Goodnight.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Sandy, thank you very much for your visit, comments and vote! I think the brightness of the poinsettias are extra nice during the winter months.

      Hi Learner, thanks so much! I appreciate your vote, visit and comment there. :)

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      Saadia A 

      7 years ago

      Absolutely very pretty poinsettias flowers.The information and the history that you have provided of the flowers add an extra specialty to this Hub.

      I adore the bright pink poinsettia tree,that really looks lovely.

      Great Hub.

      My vote up and beautiful,awesome!!!

    • sandy1973mypetdog profile image


      7 years ago from the south

      Great hub! I really enjoyed the beautiful photos of the poinsettias and the history. I really like the pink poinsettia, that is beautiful. Thanks for the great hub, it was very informational and I am going to vote this one up!


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