Christmas plants

The Christmas star

Symbol of rebirth and good luck, the poinsettia is a tropical plant native to Mexico that blooms right around Christmas. Known by the scientific name Euphorbia Pulcherrima, in the wild it can reach a height of four meters. Its flowers have petals that, unlike what one might think, have a yellowish color or, in rarer cases, pink.Not many know, moreover, that the poinsettia can be harmful to the health of humans and pets due to a latex secreted by the stem and its leaves which can cause irritation of the skin and mucous membranes if touched, or serious damage to the body if ingested. Poinsettias generally need little watering and it is advisable to wait for the earth to dry completely before watering them again. As for its optimal location, this varies according to the seasons: in winter it is preferable to keep it indoors, not exposed to direct sunlight, while in summer it can be placed outside in a shaded area.

Mistletoe and holly

They are the absolute protagonists of the Christmas holidays, used everywhere alone or in decorative compositions such as wreaths, centerpieces or candle holders, mistletoe and holly give any context the typical colors of Christmas (red, green, white and silver) and a warm and intimate atmosphere. Not everyone knows the difference between these three plants that actually look very similar. In particular, the mistletoe is an evergreen plant that grows close to other trees, especially poplars, oaks, elms or walnuts and is characterized by long and rather hard leaves present in pairs on a branch while the fruits of the berries are white or yellowish. In many countries it is considered a symbol of good luck and still survives the custom of kissing under the mistletoe as a good luck charm. Holly is also known as the butcher’s broom and is a native plant that can reach up to 10 meters in height, spiny dark green leaves and red berries. Also a symbol of prosperity and luck, since before the Christian birth it was considered a good omen.

Hellebore and hawthorn

Also considered a symbol of good luck, hawthorn and Christmas rose (hellebore) are typically Christmas plants that can be used to decorate your home in a refined way or turn out to be an elegant gift idea. Hawthorn belongs to the Rosaceae family and is a small tree or shrub with a height that can vary from 50 cm to 6 meters. The berries have a bright red color and an oval shape and ripen in November and December, while the flowers are collected in corymbs that contain from 5 to 25 while the petals are white-pink and ripen in May. . Hellebore, commonly called Christmas rose, on the other hand, is a perennial plant belonging to the Ranunculaceae family that grows in undergrowth, scrub and mountain meadows. IS’

Christmas plants: The fir

And if the many Christmas plants dominate everywhere during the holiday period, he is obviously the absolute protagonist of Christmas: the fir is the symbol of ancient pagan cultures, of life that is reborn and of the power of nature. There are many legends that see the fir as protagonist, among these the ancient belief that the tree was one of the plants of Eden, whose branches dried up when Eve tasted the forbidden fruit and was no longer able to bloom. Now widespread all over the world, the practice of decorating the Christmas tree was born in Northern Europe and typically the spruce is the preferred type of plant for this purpose. Native to the areas with a boreal climate in Europe, the fir can reach a height of 50 meters and has needle-like leaves of 3 cm inserted on the branch along spiral lines.

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