Poinsettias are always a welcome and beautiful sight at Christmas. They brighten up the house with deep, seasonal reds and are a must-have for any indoor flower display in December. It is the brightly coloured bracts that stand upon darker foliage that gives this plant its seasonal reputation.
Poinsettias became synonymous with Christmas, through a 16th century legend. A young Mexican girl, who was too poor to provide a present for Jesus on his birthday, was told by an angel that she should gather weeds from the roadside and plant them at the altar. After planting them, they sprouted red foliage and became poinsettias.