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Poinsettia Facts

A mixture of different color poinsettias

Poinsettias are the number one potted plant sold in the United States. This is amazing given the fact that they are mainly sold during the Christmas holiday season. They are colorful and fit the holiday perfectly. Here are some facts you should know about this Holiday favorite:

*They Are NOT poisonous! Many people think they are, but they are not poisonous.

*National Poinsettia Day is December 12th.  The Society of American Florists and Ohio State University conducted a scientific investigation that effectively disproved the charge that the poinsettia is harmful to human and animal health. In fact, it states that a 50 pound child would have to ingest over 500 bracts to surpass the experimental doses. There was no toxicity at this level.

*Joel Poinsett introduced this plant to the U.S. in 1825 after returning from a trip in Mexico. He cultivated the plants and gave them as Christmas gifts and the tradition of poinsettias was born.

*Poinsettias flowers are not red or white. They are yellow.  (The beautiful red, white, or pink colors we associate with poinsettias are actually called "bracts", a type of modified leaf that surrounds the tiny yellow flower!)

*Poinsettias are best watered from the bottom so their colorful leaves are not spotted.

*Poinsettias have been used to make dye and antiseptics.

*60 to 80 million poinsettias are sold in the U.S. each year.

Now You Know!!!