• Many plants in the Euphorbiaceae family, including the Poinsettia, ooze a milky substance that is more like a sap and could cause a slight irritation for people that are allergic to latex. For pets this sap can cause a mild irritation or nausea. It is a good idea to keep pets away from the plant, especially puppies and kittens.
• Poinsettias are actually NOT poisonous. Recent studies have shown that a 50lb child would have to consume over 500 leaves to have any harmful effects. Poinsettia leaves have an awful taste, tough! Keep your pets are not chewing on the leaves because it can cause nausea and vomiting.
• The beautiful colored parts of the plant that most believe to be the “flower” are actually colored bracts, which are the leaves.
• Joel Roberts Poinsett was a botanist and introduced the Poinsettia to the United States from Mexico in 1828.
• In Mexico this is a shrub that can grow 10-15 feet tall.
• There are more than 100 varieties of poinsettias available today. Poinsettias come in colors like the traditional red, white, pink, burgundy, marbled and speckled.
• December 12th is Poinsettia Day. This day marks the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett in 1851.
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