Flor de Nochebuena
The ‘Nochebuena’ flower is one of the most important native plants in Mexico, whose original name is ‘cuetlaxochitl’, which means ‘flower that withers’.
Its internationalization came in 1827 when the US Ambassador to Mexico, Joel Poinsett, patented it under his name & took it to the US and Europe.
Its beatiful red color isn’t the petals, but is actually in the leaves (the flowers are the yellow shoots in the center).
Have you seen Nochebuenas/cuetlaxochitl’ in Saudi Arabia, Bahrein, Oman or Yemen?