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?
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!
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