Happy National Poinsettia Day!  

Haleigh Eustis

Floral Intern

Happy December 12th! Did you know that today is National Poinsettia Day? These beautiful red flowers are a holiday staple, as their vibrant color and immense beauty bring life to any space you decide to place it! With the holiday season in full swing, shopping for endless amounts of friends, family, and even coworkers can tend to feel stressful and overwhelming. Poinsettia is a flower that stands for joy and celebration, which makes it the perfect gift for the loved ones in your life! Poinsettias are known for their staple red shades, but this Christmas flower comes in various colors including white, pink, burgundy, yellow, purple and more.

The poinsettia flower is native to the beautiful country of Mexico. These flowers have been cultivated for centuries and were used by the Aztecs for their natural red dye in clothing. As the years had passed, in 1827, botanist Joel Poinsett took a trip to Mexico where he had seen this beautiful flower. Upon his return to South Carolina, his home state, he brought a few Poinsettias to cultivate and very quickly this flower gained popularity within the states.  

Though the Poinsettia is a largely popular holiday flower, you may be wondering how. The poinsettia flower stems from the Mexican legend of Pepita and her Christmas weeds. On Christmas Eve, a young girl named Pepita had no gift for her Christmas service. Encouraged by her cousin, she went to collect a bundle of weeds and placed them on a nativity set. Within seconds, the weeds were said to have bloomed into the beautiful Poinsettia flowers that we are familiar with today! Though these flowers are a seasonal plant in the states, they are the second most popular potted plant sold within a year.  

Poinsettias are beautiful in all shapes, shades and sizes which is why Market 32 and Price Chopper have them readily available in our floral section during the holiday season. Shop in store for our beautifully arranged Poinsettias or use our online services, DoorDash and Instacart. Our online ordering allows customers to send personalized cardettes for any occasion which is sure to warm the hearts of whoever is receiving the potted plant! 

Shop for the holiday season, stress free! Explore Price Chopper/Market 32 Floral Department for all your holiday gifts.


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