The world has many plant-based Christmas traditions, from mistletoe and holly to poinsettia and yule logs. And there’s that weird myrrh stuff as well. But how well do you know your Christmas garden? Click to flip each image to see the answer.
What is frankincense?
The resin of the Boswellia tree of northeast Africa
Botanically, what is NSW Christmas bush?
Where Christmas is in summer, how are poinsettias coloured up?
Blackout curtains are used to mimic a shortening daylength
What symbolism is attached to holly?
Holly was popular in pagan times & became 'christianised' for its thorns and blood-red berries
What's the danger of hanging mistletoe?
Apart from accidental marriage from unplanned kissing, that a child might eat one of the mildly poisonous berries
Name 3 conifers used as USA Christmas trees?
Scotch, Virginia or white pine & noble, Douglas or Fraser fir
What is myrrh and for what is it used?
Resin of Commiphora myrrha, used for its reputed medical properties of glucose & pain reduction & in incense
What is a yule log?
A large ash or oak log that will burn from Christmas to Epiphany
When & where was the first Christmas tree?
In Germany in the mid 1500s
Which Christmas tree is also a parasite?
Western Australian Christmas tree, Nuytsia floribunda
In Mexican legend, how did the poinsettia get its red bracts?
A very poor girl could offer nothing more than some drab weeds to the church nativity. A miracle turned them blood red.
Where has Christmas been banned in the past?
In Britain & the American colonies by Oliver Cromwell in the middle 1600s
What's the world record tallest Christmas tree?
A 67.36m (221ft) Douglas fir in Seattle in 1950
What Christmas plant's name means 'little dung twig'?
Mistletoe, from the Anglo-Saxon word misteltan
How do you keep a real Christmas tree looking fresh?
Put it in a water reservoir, just like flowers in a vase
What botanically is a NZ Christmas tree?
The pōhutukawa, Metrosideros excelsa
0-4 Bah! Humbug!
5-8 I might light a Christmas candle but I never inhale
9-12 I look my best in red and green
13-16 Pass the gluhwein and light that pudding!
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