Poinsettia Plant Meaning – Purity
Although it is considered to be a flower, the Poinsettia is not really one. The color red marks in fact the leaves of this plant. But considering the fact that many people call it a flower, we shall call it too.
Poinsettia comes from Guatemala and Mexico and they were introduced on the market of the United States by Joel Poinsett. Joel was a scientist, linguist, missionary to Mexico and horticulturist who was native from America. Due to his missionary work, the plant was named after him in the 19th century.
This plant has many meanings. For the Ancient Aztecs this plant was called Cuitlaxochitl or in other words start flower. They associated poinsettia with the idea of purity, but the color red in Aztec belief is the color of wisdom. Aztecs even used the red parts as dye for clothes and skin, suggesting that the person bearing the color was pure, clean and definitely sacred.
But this flower is also the sign of motherhood. A so called remedy in Mexico was said to increase the production of milk. I suggest you do not try this at home since large doses of this plant are toxic both to the mother and to the unborn child.
This plant can grow up to 15 feet tall when given the proper soil that drains well and also the proper amount of exposure to sun and dark.
But the poinsettia is not only associated with the Aztec history, but also with Christmas. There is a legend in Mexico about poor boy who wanted to take something to church on Christmas time. Unfortunately he was too poor and he could not afford to buy anything. So when he arrived in front of the church he got down on his knees and prayed. When he got up he saw the beautiful flower right in the spot where he prayed. He ripped the flower and took it inside the church. The priest inside the church saw the shape of the flower – a star – and declared it a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem. The color red was also associated with the blood of Christ. The priests were so happy about the boy’s discovery that they called this flower the Flower of the holy night. It also has another name which means Christmas Eve Flower.
As you can see the poinsettia is not an ordinary flower. It holds so much meaning and magic. The best period to give this flower is during Christmas time. You can give it to your partner, mother, friends or family in general. For the best results you can take a potted poinsettia and give it to them. This way they will be able to have their own 15-feet tall poinsettia if given all the things this plant requires.
Poinsettia is a plant with deep meaning and should be definitely be kept for moments of joy. Just remember not to use it internally because it can cause you damage.