The Story of the 'Flowers That Wither' On Christmas Eve – KUNST

The Story of the 'Flowers That Wither' On Christmas Eve



"Cuetlaxochitl" or Christmas Eve Flower, the symbol that Mexico brought to the Christmas Spirit

Christmas Eve is a flower native to Mexico. It is one of the most important products in the field of ornamental plants in the country. Its name in Nahuatl is cuetlaxochitl and means "flower that withers" although there are also other possible translations such as "leathery flower".


It was from the colonization and evangelization of New Spain that it began to be used as an element of Christian decoration during the Christmas period due to the red color of its leaves.

It is also known in the United States and in several European countries as Poinsettia, because in 1825, the first American ambassador to Mexico, Joel Roberts Poinsett, took the flower to the neighboring country where they named it that way in his honor.


In Mexico, there are about 20 varieties of the Christmas Eve flower, it grows between the months of November and December. Its varieties are red, yellow, purple, pink, white, striped and marbled and the states with the highest production today are Morelos, Michoacán, Puebla, Mexico City, Jalisco and the State of Mexico.

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