The ancient Aztecs (the Mexican Indians) prized the Poinsettia as a symbol of purity. Centuries later, Mexico's early Christians adopted the Poinsettia as their prized Christmas Eve flower. The Mexican Poinsettia, known as the Christmas Flower in North America, is used in most Christmas decorations, owing to its bright red color and its blooming season coinciding with the Christmas holiday season.
Christmas Rose is regarded as a true Christmas flower. Christmas Rose (Serissa) is also known as the Snow Rose or Winter Rose. Christmas Rose blooms during the winter in the mountains of Central Europe.
In New Zealand, the pōhutukawa tree is often associated with Christmas, as its bright red flowers usually appear in December.
Like most of the other Christmas Flowers, ivy flowers symbolize eternity and resurrection. The Ivy flower has been associated with the Egyptian God, Osiris, and the Greco-Roman god, Attis; both of whom were resurrected from the dead.