7. Mexico’s Flores de Noche Buena
You can thank Mexico for the poinsettia’s association with Christmas. According to Mexican legend, a poverty-stricken brother and sister left a bouquet of weedy branches as a gift to the Christ Child at their church. While other children laughed at their meager offering, a miracle began to unfold. A cluster of red star-shaped flowers began to bloom on each stem. The flowers became known as Flores de Noche Buena (Flowers of the Holy Night) and so began the Christmas link. The beautiful plant was re-named Poinsettia after the United States’ Mexican ambassador, Joel Roberts Poinsett, brought cuttings back to America.