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Posted by Jackie Levine on November 28, 2016 | Last Updated: December 12, 2019 Christmas Flowers

The Classic Poinsettia Flower

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There is something magical about the Christmas season. The sparkling lights, the traditional songs, the festive decor – this time of year has an ambiance all its own. The poinsettia flower is a popular choice when it comes to decorating both home and office, due to the vivid colors and star-shaped blooms that embody the spirit of the holiday. From hotel lobbies to church sanctuaries, the poinsettia is the official flower of Christmas – and you can trust the experts at Central Square Florist to provide the highest quality plants in Cambridge and Boston.

The Legend of the Poinsettia: The flower is native to Mexico, and it is Mexican folklore which provides the legend behind the classic bloom. It is said that when the Christ child was born, a young girl wished to bring Him an offering. However, she was poor and could not afford a gift. Stooping down by the side of the road, she picked some weeds and wildflowers to bring to the baby. Her gift of love transformed into a beautiful poinsettia plant when placed at the feet of the child.

6" (pot-size) red poinsettia in a white ceramic pot.

Red Poinsettia in Ceramic

Did You Know? The brilliantly colored element of the poinsettia is not its flower. In fact, the bright red “petals” are the leaves of the plant, and are known as “bracts”. The small yellow cluster in the center of the bracts is the actual poinsettia flower.

Poinsettias are well-known for their deep red hue, but they also grow in shades of white and pink. They come in a variety of sizes, making them appropriate for spaces ranging from a tabletop to a corporate lobby.

Two 6" (pot-size) red poinsettias in a double-peanut basket.

Double Poinsettia Basket

Central Square Florist is proud to offer classic poinsettia plants, as well as beautiful arrangements that pair ivy, kalanchoe, peace lilies and pine cones with the poinsettia flower. Call us today to order these beautiful flowers for your friends, family, colleagues, and clients – then cross those names off your list and relax. We’ll take care of the delivery.