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Poinsettia plants, the poinsettia flowers - the perfect Christmas gift

Updated on December 1, 2011

Poinsettia flowers and poinsettia plant

Poinsettia flowers on the plant would be the right gift at Christmas for those who love to decorate and celebrate Christmas. There is nothing like these bright red poinsettia flowers to to tell someone, ‘Have yourself a merry little Christmas’. Around Christmas I collect a number of poinsettia plants because they are the best way to decorate the home for the season.These plants also come in handy as a gift to a sudden guest at my place. I love to give these gorgeous, colorful plants as gifts to my friends. The poinsettias are most appreciated by all at this time of the year, I can tell you that from the warm thank you calls and cards I receive year after year. This is a gift that keeps on changing, growing and bringing more and more happiness year after year.

Poinsettia the best Christmas gift
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Poinsettia plant - the most meaningful gift

I wrap the pots nicely with some gold wrapping paper and with a double bow in some beautiful green ribbon my plants become great gifts... The cheer that the poinsettia flowers can bring to your room is something to you have to experience first hand. I always wake up on cold grey winter mornings feeling the gloominess around me...but a few pots of poinsettia in flower could change my mood in a jiffy.

Poinsettia plants the gift of love

Red is the color of love, passion, warmth, beauty and it never fails to cheer. The poinsettia flower could be the perfect gift for those who are lonely, sad or not so cheerful. You could bring the spirit of the Magi (who brought those gifts to the babe in the manger) to a lonely heart. Originally Christmas gift were handmade or those into which people put in a lot of effort to say that they love the person to whom these gifts were given. Your beautiful poinsettia flowers at Christmas will also speak of the effort you took to bring a living, breathing gift to someone.
Poinsettias are the most awesome gifts to give to plant lovers. Do not think they may already have a few, I can tell you that these decorative plants could never become one too many. They could always be placed them on mantle or a Christmas table linen to make the decoration more special. The poinsettia plant in flower is the perfect gift for the ecologically sensitive kinds too.

Poinsettia the great Christmas decoration

It is indeed the right gift for anyone who loves to decorate at Christmas.With the amount of decoration to be done this plant could only be a welcome gift to anyone. It has been part of the Christmas decorations for centuries, to be precise Wikipedia says that it has been part of Christmas decorations from the 16th century. Folk lore has it that a poor peasant girl in Spain did not have anything to give as offering to the Christ child and was inspired to collect some weeds to leave them at the altar. From these weeds grew the bright red flowers that we now call Poinsettias or Euphorbia pulcherrima or Zach wood.

The significance of poinsettias

The significance of poinsettias is awesome and makes it the most meaningful gift at Christmas.The star like placement of the bracts symbolises the star of Bethlehem or hope of salvation, while the red color of the bracts signify sacrifice, blood and the love of God for mankind. I would consider it the most meaningful gift for the deeply religious.

Poinsettia plant as gift for office friends and colleagues

It is the best gift that you could give a colleague at office, the poinsettia flowers or bracts could brighten up and lighten up the mood of all your colleagues at work even though you may give it to just one person. In all I would think of the poinsettia flower whether in the form of a living plant or a silk reproduction to be the best gift of the season.
When you give a living poinsettia to some one you could leave a note saying that the plants do love a sunny nook. Although poinsettias are indoor plants, they like a few hours of sunshine to be at their brightest best. Poinsettias are rumoured to be poisonous, it is only the sap that could cause blurring of vision or irritation if it gets into your eyes or skin. They sap could cause diarrhea or vomiting if ingested. It could cause allergic reactions in some, but they never as toxic as they are made out to be.

Get yourself a poinsettia plant

May be should take home a poinsettia yourself today to understand what I am saying. I was gifted one plant a few years ago and now the cuttings from this plant become my gifts of love to my friends, you will have a gift that pays for itself - the poinsettia flowers on the plant!!


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      shimmering Dawn 6 years ago

      Glad to have inspired you Ruby... But then I admit to being partial to poinsettias.. I am sure the person you gets your gift will appreciate it wishes to you dear Ruby and have a wonderful season of peace and joy :)

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      shimmering Dawn 6 years ago

      Movie Master, I am glad that we share a similar view, I have about 20 pots of poinsettias right now and would be happy to get some more.. I will always find a place for them. Thank you for the comment and best wishes to you :)

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      shimmering Dawn 6 years ago

      Thank you RTalloni, it is easy to force a poinsettia to bloom, just keep it away from sunlight for twelve days and then place it in the sun... and your poinsettia will bloom all year through.. a grow light would do the trick and have your poinsettias flowering indoors.. maybe you should try it.

      You are right about them being irritants, but having had poinsettias with little children in the house we have never faced any problems. Glad that you dropped by and have a Merry Christmas :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I also love poinsettias. I am inspired to buy one for my home and give as a gift. Thank you for sharing. Cheers

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love Poinsettias, Mum told me yesterday she had bought me one for Christmas, that I am collecting tomorrow, a lovely hub thank you for sharing, best wishes MM

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Pointsettias do make wonderful gifts, especially for plant lovers! We have friends who live in an area of the world where they grow and bloom year round. Imagine! :) We stick with silk poinsettias because live ones are so sensitive to our cold temps and I don't do large indoor living plants a lot of good.

      Poinsettias are definitely an irritant to people and animals, and possibly poisonous to some individuals. It's good to keep in mind that "usually" means "sometimes" when it comes to issues like this.