Caring for your poinsettia
The ‘flowers’ that are the main attraction aren’t really flowers at all. They are actually colorful bracts or modified leaves. The true flowers or ‘cyathia’ are small, yellow and clustered in the middle of these bracts. Although, these warm weather plants are native to Mexico, the United States now grows and exports 90% of the flowering poinsettias worldwide. All are sold within a six-week period during the Christmas holiday season.
While other members of the Euphorbia family contain highly toxic plants, the popular poinsettia is not poisonous to humans. The white sap of any Euphorbia can irritate skin or the leaves can cause an upset stomach if eaten—but only if consumed in extremely large quantities. Poinsettias can also cause stomach irritation in dogs and cats, so it's best to keep them out of your pets’ reach. Take care and enjoy their long history and joyful presence during this holiday season!
Caring for Poinsettias
• Place the plant near a sunny window or where it will receive the most sunlight: East, west or south exposure is best. Keep tender leaves away from cold or warm drafts from doors, windows or vents.