Poinsettia (the ‘Christmas Star’)
Poinsettias are called ‘Christmas Stars’ in German and are extremely popular during the festive season. Some 35 million can be found in German living rooms in November and December! The German explorer and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt introduced the plant to Europe after a trip to Mexico. According to Mexican legend, a small, poor child was unable to afford a gift to place on the manger on Christmas Eve. She therefore picked a ‘Christmas Star’ which was growing as a weed on the side of the road and took it to the church with her. Upon arriving in the church, the plant blossomed to its full splendor and outshone all the other gifts.