The Poinsettia plant: how much do you know about it?

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The Poinsettia plant:  how much do you know about it?

Many people know it as widely used Christmas plant, signifying Christmas as a simple way by doing floral displays or giving them as gifts to family and friends. Th most familiar one to most people in the US is the Red Poinsettia Plant, interestingly it is indigenous to Mexico.

I never forget when I lived in Boston, MA on a cold night a friend of mine left this large and very expensive Poinsettia Plant in the car while we had dinner and when he got home he put the plant in the hallway. Sadly, the plant does not like extreme cold and when he woke up his wife was mad at him for bringing home a ‘dead plant’.

Now how many people know how the name came about?? Yes, Joel Roberts Poinsett the Ambassador from the USA to Mexico in 1825 became interested in these plants. His name is immortalized forever, because he sent some of the plants back to South Carolina and began growing the plants and giving them to friends. The rest is history.

The plant is mildly toxic to cats and dogs. As a pet lover, I understand that the poisoning is exaggerated, but why put your pets through vomiting, drooling, diarrhea and skin irritation? Why have your pest have itchiness and swelling? First there is no antidote, so why put your animals and yourself through these uncomfortable experiences?

My answer is simple avoid potential problems is the simplest formula. What is the old saying about an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

I hear people say cats are smarter than that and will not go near the plant. Seriously? Why tempt faith?

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Just to be clear Diane bought a fake plant. It is not “live” and look at the interest it has generated. We are all about prevention instead of responding to a problem.

Now with that said: Merry Christmas to ALL and keep the poinsettias away from your four-legged family!

Now if you are looking for a Petfriendly Realtor you found him! I will be around the holidays if you need help!

If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at310.486.1002 (m) or homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at  http://www.endrebarath.com.  I am a Pet Friendly Realtor and I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations.

 

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George Souto
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Endre thank you for the history of the poinsettia plant and how it became a popular plant to give at Christmas time.

Dec 22, 2016 04:18 PM #13
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When I was a young child living in Miami we had poinsettia bushes in our front yard. For some reason I never liked them and still am not fond of them. I have been given many over the years and tend to be the lucky winner that wins them as door prizes. They must not feel loved because they always die pretty quickly.

Dec 22, 2016 08:00 PM #14
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I know that the one I brought home for my wife yesterday got me a lot of brownie points and they are worth a lot more than an ActiveRain pint

Dec 22, 2016 08:01 PM #15
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I knew about the fact that poinsettias are toxic. There are a number other household plants that are also very toxic to animals, e.g., dieffenbachia, peace lily, lilies, oleander, arrowhead, and philodendron too. As you say, why put an animal through something that could have been avoided in the first place? Owners of pets have a responsibility to shelter and protect.

Your cat is adorable!!! 

Dec 22, 2016 08:04 PM #16
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Hi, Endre. Because of the health issues it can cause with my pets, I won't have one of these in my house. They are very nice, but I love my pets too much to cause them distress. 

My grandmother use to have the most beautiful Poinsettia plants. I enjoyed them as a kid, and I still enjoy, but you won't find one in my house. 

Dec 22, 2016 08:45 PM #17
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Steven Nickens  so you better have some around the house or .....Endre

Dec 22, 2016 09:14 PM #18
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson  lucky for you, we had cats that took down Christmas Trees so we would not tempt them with Poinsettias...Endre

Dec 22, 2016 09:16 PM #19
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Kat Palmiotti  so shall we call you Black Thumb Kat?:) Endre

Dec 22, 2016 09:25 PM #20
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Wayne Martin  our artificial one is now serving  time in the garage:) and there is peace and harmony inside the house, no one is being yelled at:))Endre

Dec 22, 2016 09:28 PM #21
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Endre

Thanks for sharing the information on the poinsettia plant.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 22, 2016 09:59 PM #22
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Endre,

 I knew a little about the poison part, I had given my 1st husband a puppy for xmas ( he was financee) at the time and the pup got into my mom's poinsetta , called the vet and she told me to give him Pepto Bismal he was fine...

Dec 23, 2016 08:24 AM #23
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Nina Hollander  lucky for you that the cats behave:)Endre

Dec 23, 2016 10:52 AM #24
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Michael Jacobs  she lives at the Lange Foundation Sale, comes back we "stuff" every time... gifts for others...stuff for the house...Endre

Dec 23, 2016 10:54 AM #25
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Like you Dick Greenberg  we do not want to test our luck...Endre

Dec 23, 2016 10:56 AM #26
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Endre, Like you, I have fake Poinsettas at my house.   They are carefully packed away at the end of the Christmas season and brought back out when it comes back around.   

Dec 23, 2016 06:28 PM #27
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Endre 

The Poinsettia  is a great indoor plate for the Christmas plant.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 23, 2016 09:02 PM #28
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Hello Endre

Some interesting information on the Poinsettia plant, and Vegas Bob would like to wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas holiday with a photo of VB sitting in Santa's chair at the North Pole in Alaska

Vegas Bob in Santa's Chair

 

Dec 23, 2016 09:11 PM #29
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Great information on the Poinsettia - I did not know their origin either, Endre Barath, Jr.!  I did keep my Peace Lilys and Poinsettias out of reach from my pets (cat and dogs) but, they don't go near them (they're all adults now!), thankfully!  In fact, they avoid them when they walk past - I think there's an odor to the plants that they don't like.  

Dec 23, 2016 10:56 PM #30
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Endre, when I saw the picture of the cats with their faces in the plant, I will admit to getting a little nervous.  Even a little toxic can be a lot to clean up. Glad it's plastic!

Dec 30, 2016 07:23 PM #31
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I love poinsettias!  Did not get any this year because I was gone much of the holiday season.  I missed them.  Glad you found a pet friendly solution!

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