It just would not be Christmas without Poinsettias! With striking pointed red leaves surrounding a cluster of yellow flowers poinsettias have become more and more popular in South Africa around Christmas. The name for poinsettia in the ancient Aztec culture meant "star flower" and it is this link to the star over Bethlehem that brings them into the Christmas tradition.
The plants association with Christmas began in 16th century Mexico, where legend tells of a young child who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday. The tale goes that the child was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson "blossoms" sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias.