efe-epaBy Miquel Muñoz Mexico City

Known in Mexico as the Christmas Eve Flower, poinsettias are still the favored bloom in Mexican homes this holiday season amid the coronavirus pandemic.

With a long pre-Hispanic heritage, the deep red petals of the flower are well-known the world over and this year represent the hope of a 2021 with better news.

"It's a flower that normally is not there during the year, it doesn't grow, and it certainly gives the final touch each year with its red color," Veronica Castilla, holding an armful of the plants she had just bought, told EFE.