Euphorbia pulcherrim is known as poinsettia to those of European origin but cuētlaxōchitl in the Americas. This older name has roots in the Aztec language Nahuatl, meaning "flower that withers, mortal flower". Originally a sacred plant used in ceremonies to celebrate the birth of Huitzilopochtli during the winter solstice, they were also used for medicinal and healing purposes, and dyeing fabrics.
It is an iconic symbol of the holiday season native to Mexico, where it is called "Flores de Noche Buena". According to legend, a young girl named Pepita was too poor to offer a gift for Christmas Eve at her church. In the spirit of giving, she gathered weeds and placed them at the altar. Miraculously, they transformed into beautiful plants, symbolising her purity and the thoughtfulness of the humblest gifts.
The plant's most distinctive feature is its colourful bracts, often mistaken for petals. These modified leaves surround small, inconspicuous flowers. Although traditionally red, more recently white and pink varieties have gained popularity. They have become a symbol of joy and festivity worldwide and contribute importantly to the horticulture industry as a best-selling potted plant.
It's a superwash treated DK yarn that's soft and squooshy. It's spun from 75% merino wool with 25% nylon for enhanced durability. It is suitable for approximately 4-5mm needles. About 224 metres per 100g skein.
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