According to an old Central American Legend, the original poinsettia was a pure white. The natives gathered them on a Great Day of Prayer and offered them on the altars of their God. Then, one year, savage invaders began to ravage the land. Many natives gave their lives in the desperate struggle, which finally drove the invaders out. When the poinsettias bloomed the following year, they were not longer white... But blood red! The natives believed their beloved flower was stained by the blood of those who died to save their country. They grow like this here in Guatemala!