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Towns fill with poinsettias for Christmas

Varigated 'municipal' poinsettias in La Laguna

In 2005, the Tenerife Island Council is supplied 65,000 Flor de Pascua (poinsettia) plants to town halls across the island in order to dress up parks and squares for the Christmas festivities. The plants are specially cultivated in island nurseries and are distributed each year for the seasonal decorations.

Where can you see them? Well, the plants are shared out according to the number of inhabitants in each district, so Santa Cruz get the largest number with 6,000 plants, with La Laguna (5,000) and Arona (4,000) second and third. Icod de los Vinos will be getting 2,000 poinsettia plants to adorn the town, while Buenavista del Norte, Los Silos and Garachico will receive 1,000 each.

Hundreds more are given to various associations and centres providing social services, so the plants are bound to brighten someone's season.

Every town and village will be decorated for Christmas and parks, squares and verges planted with a plethora of bright and festive Flor de pascua (poinsettia) plants. In this video from 2012, it's mentioned that 45,000 of them were planted in the city of Santa Cruz alone and school kids from all over the island grew the seedlings and help with planting. Unfortunately, the plants are so attractive, that people steal them from the displays and in an effort to deter them, the plants are now planted directly in the soil and not in easy to carry off plant pots.

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