Guadalajara: Poinsettias

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Poinsettia towering above a city sidewalk

 
 
 

I don’t have to walk very far from my apartment in Colonia Manuel Vallarta until I see first one poinsettia, and then another—and another!
 
These poinsettias are not the little plants in pots, wrapped in red or green foil, that we are accustomed to seeing only at Christmastime in the United States.
 
These are plants of epic proportions—towering 10 feet high or higher—growing in people’s front yards.
 
Poinsettias are indigenous to Mexico, and are actually small trees or shrubs that show their brilliant colors year round.
 
But it’s at Christmastime that the poinsettia’s leaves seem to blaze more brightly, as if rekindled with hope and peace and joy.
 
And why not?
 
For in Mexico the poinsettia is known as Flor de Noche Buena—the Christmas Eve Flower.
 
 

four days till Christmas—
ants on my kitchen counter
feast on cookie crumbs

 

Text and photo © 2016 by Mark M. Redfearn, all rights reserved

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5 responses »

  1. I had absolutely no idea they grew this big nor that they were indigenous to Mexico! Here’s to the Flor de Noche Buena and the joy and hope it brings! Thank you Mark!

  2. they are a riot of color and form dancing dancing their mexican hearts ABLAZE! please tell me you are there dancing among them!

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