Inside: Beautiful Poinsettia Tattoo Designs + Their Meaning.

It’s no secret that we LOVE flower designs here, especially flowers with deep meaning and unique symbolism. Honestly, for the longest time I didn’t know each flower held its own deeper purpose and meaning of something special.

Now, most people may not initially think of the Poinsettia as a tattoo-worthy design, but boy would they be wrong.

Poinsettia tattoos aren’t all about Christmas, but you’ll find that these tattoos are usually closely linked to the holiday season. Poinsettia tattoos can help you unfold the magic of the holidays and bring it to life right on your skin.

These vibrant flower designs are perfect for anyone born in the month of December or someone who is filled with the holiday spirit.

Check out a few of our favorite poinsettia tattoo design ideas and their deeper and unique meaning!

Beautiful Poinsettia Tattoo

Why Are Poinsettias the Christmas Flower?

It all started with an old legend in 16th-century Mexico. A peasant girl named Pepita wanted to celebrate the Holy Night, but she was poor and didn’t have a gift to offer at the church ceremony. So, she gathered some weeds from the roadside on her way to the church and tied them into a bouquet. When she presented her gift, the weeds miraculously turned into colorful red and green poinsettias.

The plant became popular in the United States when Joel Poinsett, the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico saw it. Upon visiting the Mexican town of Taxco, Guerrero, he saw the plant with blazing red leaves. He was impressed by their beauty, so he grew them in his greenhouse at his home in South Carolina.

He also sent them as gifts to his friends and shared them with gardeners and botanical gardens across the country. Poinsettias didn’t become a traditional holiday decoration until Paul Ecke, an American plant grower, grew them during the Christmas season. To promote the plants, he sent them to TV studios across the U.S. and the rest is history.

Meaning and Symbolism of the Poinsettia Flower

Apart from their legendary history, poinsettias have gained significance across cultures and regions. Here are some of their symbolic meanings:

  • Good Cheer and Merriment: It’s safe to assume that these flowers have become associated with holidays because of their festive colors and shape. In Peru, they’re called the Crown of the Andes, while in Spain they’re the Flor de Pascua or the Easter flower.
  • A Symbol of Purity: For some, the brilliant color of poinsettias makes them a representation of purity. For the Aztecs, these blooms were sacred, and their nectar was even drunk in hopes of gaining immortality. In the past, it also represented the new life of warriors who died in battle.
  • Love and Good Wishes: Poinsettias are sometimes seen as the representation of good wishes, since Joel Poinsett, the ambassador who discovered the plant, initially shared them with his family, friends, and other plant growers. This makes it a perfect gift to give at Christmas.
  • In some cultures, the plant represents the Star of Bethlehem, due to its star shape. They’re called the La Flor de la Nochebuena that translates to the Flower of the Holy Night, referring to Christmas Eve.

Beautiful Poinsettia Flower Tattoo Ideas

Let’s start our list with some of the most unique, vibrant, and bold poinsettia flower designs.

1.  Colorful Poinsettia Flower Bundle

2. Christmas Poinsettia Flower Design

3. Small Back of Shoulder Poinsettia Flower Tattoo

4. Vibrant Poinsettia Flower with Big Leaves

Bright Poinsettia Tattoo Ideas

5. Large Shaded Red Poinsettia with Detailed Linework

6. Poinsettia Tattoo Black and White with Other Flowers

7. Realistic 3D Poinsettia Flower Design

Still Feeling Festive? Unique Poinsettia Flower Tattoo Art Ideas

8. Cluster of Christmas Poinsettias

9. Vintage Pattern Poinsettia Flower with Daisies

10. Outlined Poinsettia with Shaded Coloring

11. Large Inner Bicep Poinsettia Flower with Shading

Christmas Flower Tattoos

12. Full Black and White Sleeve with Poinsettia Flowers

13. Detailed Linework of Poinsettia Flower on Wrist

14. Two Poinsettia Flower Tattoos on Forearm

15. Bold Colored Poinsettia Flower Design

16. Ladies Hand Holding a Poinsettia Flower Stem

Large Christmas Flower Tattoo Designs

Like we said before, the poinsettia flower is a close representation of the Christmas season. Check out these large, bold, and bright poinsettia tattoo ideas.

17. Large Poinsettia Flower on Neck and Side of Face

18. Pink Poinsettia Side Tattoo Idea

19. Colorful and Detailed Poinsettia Hand Tattoo Design

20. Simple and Soft Shading on Poinsettia Flower

21. Crisp Poinsettia Flower Art on Chest

Holiday Inspired Flower Tattoos

22. Matching Poinsettia Flowers

23. Light Single Needle Poinsettia Rib Tattoo 

24. 3D Looking Poinsettia Flower on Arm

25. Black and White Flower Bundle with Poinsetta

26. Christmas flower with fox tattoo

27. And an adorable version in a tea cup!

More Flower Tattoo Ideas You’ll Love

  • December Birth Flower Tattoo {Narcissus} – Ever wondered what the birth flower is for December? While there are a few options, the main birth flower is the Narcissus. Narcissus flower tattoos are a symbol of rebirth, happiness, prosperity, wealth, and clarity. You’ll see when looking over this list of December birth flower tattoos that there are a lot of ways to design the Narcissus. Some are smaller and more feminine, while others are larger and distinctive. Take a look to see which one fits you best.
  • Christmas Tree Tattoo Ideas – Christmas tree tattoos are worth so much more than holly and jolly good times with friends and family. They represent wisdom, spirituality, fertility, and freedom. Consider adding an intricate work of art such as a Christmas tree tattoo if you want something to show off. Beautiful with pops of vibrant colors or black and gray. Have a peek at these magnificent Christmas tree tattoo designs.
  • The Ultimate Beautiful Flowers Tattoos List – Flower tattoos are a timeless way to honor your femininity. They are rich in meaning and beauty, and you can truly never go wrong. Adding a flower to your design can bring both symbolic grace and amazing color additions to any design. We’ve included a wide variety of styles and flowers, there is bound to be one that you’ll fall in love with. Check them out!

Poinsettia Tattoo