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Celebrating the Holiday with Poinsettias

by Lacee Bilke on December 20, 2018 at 4:16 pm

The holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year. You get to enjoy time with family and friends. Decorating the tree, baking cookies, holiday movies, Christmas lights, and gift exchanges. It is a special time of year to celebrate with loved ones.

The poinsettia is one of my favorites for the holiday. Most people see the poinsettia as a beautiful plant for gifts or to give your home pops of festive color. Did you know poinsettia blossoms also look great when added in floral arrangements?

Poinsettia_by Madeline’s Flowers in Edmond, Oklahoma copy

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Poinsettia - -- Photo Courtesy Lisa Greene, AAF, AIFD, PFCIPoinsettias are a traditional holiday plant that bring color and life to home décor. They last the whole season and are harbingers of spring plants to come. Here are some interesting facts about the poinsettia.

  • John Quincy Adams is responsible for bringing the poinsettia to America. Joel Roberts Poinsett introduced the poinsettia to the United States in 1825, but it was JQA who appointed Poinsett as our first ambassador to Mexico.
  • December 12th is National Poinsettia Day and was established in 1851 to honor Joel Roberts Poinsett. Read More
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PoinsettiasYear after year, customers say they would love to get a poinsettia but fear “they are poisonous … and I have kids and pets.” THIS CLAIM IS FALSE. The wonderful Christmas plant (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is the most widely tested consumer plant on the market today, and the research has proven the poinsettia is NOT toxic.

Now, I know your mom said, “she heard” they are poisonous. Sorry, mom, a 1971 study at Ohio State University first debunked the rumor. Since then, the Flower of the Holy Night has been under the magnifying glass, and every time, the poinsettia has been proven safe. Click here for research on the poinsettia. Read More