Why Do We Associate Poinsettias With Christmas?

Before there were sunflower Christmas trees, people put poinsettias on their Christmas trees. I've never questioned why the famous red flowers were associated with Christmas time. It made sense mainly due to the color. I've seen poinsettias on Christmas wreaths, staircase rails, and as tabletop decor, and always thought they were an impeccable focal point or piece for the holiday season. Do you decorate with poinsettias? Well, here's why you do.

There's a Mexican legend that a young girl named Pepita didn't have a gift for Jesus when he was born. That Christmas Eve, Pepita decided to pick a flower on her way to church. According to the story, Pepita picked out a poinsettia flower for baby Jesus. Another story that traces back to the Christmas flower's history is the story of Joel Roberts Poinsett.

Christmas Poinsettia History

Poinsett was a U.S. Statesman that did a lot of traveling during the 1800s. After visiting Mexico during his time as a U.S. Minister, Poinsett came across the poinsettia plant. Poinsett is often credited as the person who introduced poinsettias to the United States. Since the 1820s, poinsettias have been popular houseplants. Although, it was many years later until they gained their prominence around Christmas time.

Becoming the Christmas Poinsettia

Back in the early 1900s, the Ecke Family began running the Ecke Ranch Company. Euphorbia pulcherrima, or poinsettias, became a staple plant on the Ecke Ranch. Paul Ecke Sr. took advantage of these plants surviving cold temperatures and ran with it. Of course, if there's going to be a Christmas flower it needs to be able to thrive in cooler weather! I have to say, Ecke might be a marketing genius. On par with Kris Jenner.

Paul Ecke even sent poinsettias to The Tonight Show host, Johnny Carson.

Debating the pronunciation of poinsettias is a great way to stir up some talk. Word of mouth is still a great marketing strategy, y'all! Since then, we've been decorating with poinsettias. I can't think of a better flower for the holiday season!

Poinsettia Decor

21 in. Unlit Silk Poinsettia Arrangement in Red

21 in. Unlit Silk Poinsettia Arrangement in Red
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24 in. Wreath Arrangement with Poinsettia, Berries and Pine Cones

24 in. Wreath Arrangement with Poinsettia, Berries and Pine Cones
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1 Pt. Fresh Red Poinsettia with Red Pot Cover (Live 12-Pack)

1 Pt. Fresh Red Poinsettia with Red Pot Cover (Live 12-Pack)
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26 in. Poinsettia and Holly Berry Artificial Arrangement in Drawer Planter

26 in. Poinsettia and Holly Berry Artificial Arrangement in Drawer Planter
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1 pt. Fresh Red Poinsettia with Red Pot Cover (Live)

1 pt. Fresh Red Poinsettia with Red Pot Cover (Live)
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