Facts About Poinsettias

@celticeagle (113972)
Boise, Idaho
December 15, 2016 4:56pm CST
Poinsettia is of the spurge(or Euphoria) family. This plant ranges from campact succulents, to herbaceous perennials, even Evergreen shrubs. They are notable for the peculiar flowers, attractive foliage and remarkable form. They have a problem with bacterial and fungal diseases with spider mites, mealybugs, and aphids. The poinsettia was first introduced in the United States from Mexico by Joel Roberts Poinsett. He was a physician and botanist who was the first United States Ambassador to Mexico. This plants grows as a shrub up to 10-15 feet tall. Poinsettia Day, December 12, marks the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett in 1851. They come in colors of the traditional red, white, pink, burgundy, speckled and marbled. There are more than 100 species available today. Over 70% of the Poinsettias grown in the United States are grown on the Paul Ecke Ranch in California. The ranch does about 50% of the world wide sales of the plant. The Poinsettia plant is not poisonous. It does ooze a milky sap as do many plants of the Euphorbiaceae family. Those with latex allergies might have a skin reaction to the sap or after touching the leaves. It's a good idea to keep pets away from the plant for it may cause mild irritation or nausea. Care of the Poinsettia plant is rather easy. Bright, indirect light and plenty of moisture is best. They should be watered thoroughly on a regular basis. They can be kept year round by decreasing regular watering and keeping them in a cool, dark place until about April.
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• United States
15 Dec
I had heard that the plant is poisonous to cats. Nice to know that is not true. I may decide to purchase one to display.
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@celticeagle (113972)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Dec
I think, like humans, some cats might be more sensitive to it than others and get more sick because of that. They are lovely I think.
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• United States
15 Dec
@celticeagle they are quite beautiful. Love the burgundy color.
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@celticeagle (113972)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Dec
@ElusiveButterfly .....Yes, I would love an assortment of the different colors.
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@fishtiger58 (30284)
• Momence, Illinois
15 Dec
I always thought it was poisonous. Interesting.
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@celticeagle (113972)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Dec
Some may be sensitive to it.
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@Jessicalynnt (48190)
• Centralia, Missouri
15 Dec
I knew it was bad for pets, not a favorite plant of mine, pretty though
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@celticeagle (113972)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Dec
I can never seem to keep mine going after the holidays. We have always had cats and they never have a problem with it.
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• Centralia, Missouri
17 Dec
@celticeagle guess it depends on if they wanna eat it or not lol
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@celticeagle (113972)
• Boise, Idaho
18 Dec
@Jessicalynnt ......They've been curious and nuzzled up again it but that's all.
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@JohnRoberts (38525)
• Los Angeles, California
15 Dec
I have had a poinsettia for a year now and it thrives.
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@celticeagle (113972)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Dec
That's great! Is it a red one?
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@JohnRoberts (38525)
• Los Angeles, California
16 Dec
@celticeagle Yes, it is red. It's a rescue plant. Someone last Christmas tossed it and I retrieved it. Looks good on the patio.
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@celticeagle (113972)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Dec
@JohnRoberts ......Nice. Too easy to toss them.
@sallypup (20546)
• Moses Lake, Washington
15 Dec
The only time I bought a poinsettia was when I ran into a small one and I had a high place to put it where the cats couldn't get to it. Sure are lovely and these days there are quite a few colors.
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@celticeagle (113972)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Dec
I'd like to see the speckled and marbled ones.
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@jstory07 (57104)
• Roseburg, Oregon
15 Dec
Thanks for sharing this information about the Poinsettias.
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@celticeagle (113972)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Dec
You are so welcome. I enjoyed reading about it.
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• Eugene, Oregon
16 Dec
They are certainly plentiful this time of year. It is a plant I have never cared for really. We had a dog for years and so did not ever bring one into the house. I thought they could be fatal to pets.
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@celticeagle (113972)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Dec
Some have more of a sensitivity to them than others I suppose. We have always had cats and it never bothered them.
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• Eugene, Oregon
16 Dec
@celticeagle That is good to know.
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@celticeagle (113972)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Dec
@JamesHxstatic .....Did you ever get your dishes unstuck?
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@just4him (88755)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 Dec
Interesting information. I thought they were poisonous. It's good to know they aren't.
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@celticeagle (113972)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Dec
Some people and animals are sensitive to the leaves. And if they have a playtex allergy they will react as well.
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@just4him (88755)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
17 Dec
@celticeagle I don't have that problem.
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@celticeagle (113972)
• Boise, Idaho
18 Dec
@just4him ......That is a good thing.
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• United States
18 Dec
We have red Poinsettia right now in our dining table :)
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@celticeagle (113972)
• Boise, Idaho
18 Dec
Lovely choice.
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• United States
18 Dec
@celticeagle Yes its beautiful =)
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@paigea (21000)
• Canada
19 Dec
I enjoy poinsettias. I can't keep them alive though
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@celticeagle (113972)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Dec
I don't seem to have much luck with that either.
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@valmnz (12573)
• New Zealand
18 Dec
I love poinsettias. I bought a new one this year. The last one lasted for ages.
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@celticeagle (113972)
• Boise, Idaho
19 Dec
They do add a festive touch.
@KristenH (19733)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
16 Dec
I've learned this at church on Sunday during the Symbols of the Season sermon presentation. Good to know.
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@celticeagle (113972)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Dec
It is an interesting and attractive plant.
@averygirl72 (12356)
• Philippines
16 Dec
I love the beautiful Poinsettia flower of our neighbors which bloom during cold season
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