Send Your Friends & Family Poinsettias for Christmas
Highlight the spirit of the joyous Christmas season by sending a festive poinsettia plant to your family, friends, and coworkers. Your Christmas poinsettia flower can even be delivered same day when you order before 2PM! Don’t miss out on the best time of the year to send the traditional flower of Christmas.
How Long Do Poinsettia Flowers Last?
One of the best characteristics of poinsettia plants besides their beautifully lush texture and bright color is that the plant itself can live past the Christmas season. Poinsettia flowers that are not cut into a bouquet can last for a few months, as the plant itself naturally flower during the winter months of December-March. For optimum lifespan of your poinsettia plant, be sure to place it in indirect sunlight, don’t overwater it, place fertilizer into the pot, and display in a room that isn’t cold. Christmas isn’t the only time of year to enjoy this beautiful flower!
What do Poinsettia’s Symbolize?
You may wonder why poinsettia flowers are so synonymous with Christmas. Poinsettia plants are the most iconic flowers associated with Christmas, yet their physical origin and symbolism originate in Mexico. The plants themselves are native to southern Mexico and Central America and flower during the winter months. However, the popularity of the poinsettia didn’t come about in the United States until a man named Joel Roberts Poinsett became the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico in 1825 and took some of these beautiful plants back to his home in South Carolina. He started cultivating them in his greenhouse and shared them with friends, who then began calling these new, exotic plants “Poinsettias” after him.
The symbolism of the poinsettia has religious meaning for the Christian figure of Jesus Christ, whose birth is celebrated at Christmas. The starburst shape of the poinsettia flower represents the Star of David or the Star of Bethlehem that led the three Wise Men to visit the newborn Jesus on Christmas Eve. The red petals symbolize the blood of Christ, while white poinsettias represent His purity.
Why are Poinsettias Used at Christmas?
Along with the religious symbolism of the poinsettias, there is also a legend that originates in Mexican culture to explain why poinsettias are used at Christmas. The legend is about a young peasant girl who wanted to present a gift to baby Jesus at the Christmas Eve service at her church, but did not have enough money to buy anything. She created a bouquet from weeds picked along the roadside, hoping that her small gift and the love in her heart would be an acceptable gift to Jesus. When she presented her bouquet of weeds at the Nativity scene, the weeds burst into bright red flowers. Everyone believed they had witnessed a miracle and called the bright red flowers “Flores de Noche Buena,” meaning “Flowers of the Holy Night.” Thus, poinsettias are used at Christmas not only for their festive red blooms, but for their star-like shape that leads the way to Jesus at Christmas time.