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Festive flowers rich in folklore

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Different colours: Amaryllis and Ponsettias


21 Dec 2020
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Festive flowers rich in folklore

red amaryllis in vase with Christmas decorations Picture: iStock

It is a no-brainer why poinsettia and amaryllis are popular festive flowers. They are red, they are available, and they are associated with myths and legends of love and self-sacrifice. But why red, and for that matter green and white, as the colours of Christmas? Almost universally, red stands for love, and also for life as it is the colour of blood. In the Christian tradition, red has the significance of sacrificial blood, green the shoots of new life (hope) and white for purity. But the symbolism of these colours goes way back to pre-Christian times. It is speculated that...

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