Thursday, December 3, 2009

Are poinsettias poisonous?

Contrary to what you've probably always heard, the beautiful plant seen around Christmas is not poisonous. While the milky sap can be irritating, it poses no threat to children or pets.

10 other things you might not know about poinsettias:

1. In nature, poinsettias are perennial flowering shrubs that sometimes attain 10 feet in height.
2. December 12 is National Poinsettia Day.
3. Poinsettias make up more than 85% of potted plants sold during the holidays.
4. Joel Poinsett brought the Mexico native to the US in 1825.
5. The Paul Ecke Ranch in California grows about 80% of the flowers in the US wholesale market.
6. More than 100 varieties of poinsettias are available.
7. Poinsettias are the top-selling potted plant in the US.
8. Women buy more of the plants than men - 80% vs 20%.
9. In Chile and Peru, the plant was known as the "Crown of the Andes."
10. The red leaves are not a flower; they are colored bracts (modified leaves).

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