Poinsettias are the most popular Christmas plant. They brighten up any home with their bold colorful bracts and hold their color for a very long time. You can now order your poinsettias from us, and pick up at our office. Place your order with our printable order form, or just call us and we’ll fill out the form and get the details from you. Easy-peasy! Pick up will be at our Friday, November 30, Holiday Open House. We’ll be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. We’ll have some Christmas music, cookies, and refreshments available, and we’ll help you take your plants to your car.
Here are a few interesting facts about poinsettias.
- Poinsettias are part of the Euphorbiaceae or Spurge family. Botanically, the plant is known as Euphorbia pulcherrima.
- Many plants in the Euphorbiaceae family ooze a milky sap. Some people with latex allergies have had a skin reaction (most likely to the sap) after touching the leaves. For pets, the poinsettia sap may cause mild irritation or nausea. Probably best to keep pets away from the plant, especially puppies and kittens.
- Poinsettias are not poisonous. A study at Ohio State University showed that a 50-pound child would have to eat more than 500 leaves to have any harmful effect. Plus poinsettia leaves have an awful taste. You might want to keep your pets from snacking on poinsettia leaves. Eating the leaves can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
- The showy colored parts of poinsettias that most people think of as the flowers are actually colored bracts (modified leaves).
- Joel Roberts Poinsett introduced the poinsettia plant to the United States from Mexico. Poinsett was a botanist, physician and the first United States Ambassador to Mexico.
- In Mexico the poinsettia is a perennial shrub that will 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.