Poinsettias originally came from Mexico, where they grow as a large shrub. The poinsettia plant is named after Joel Poinsett, a botanist and physician who brought poinsettias to the United States in 1828.Continue Reading
The Aztecs called the poinsettia plant "Cuitlaxochitl," which means "flower that grows in soil." In Mexico, it is called "la flor de Nochebuena" ("the Christmas Eve flower"), and in parts of South America, it is known as "la corona de los Andes" ("the crown of the Andes").
It is best to keep poinsettias away from pets because the leaves, if ingested, can cause diarrhea and vomiting. They are not extremely poisonous, however. A 50-pound child would have to ingest 500 leaves for any long-term effect.Learn more about Houseplants
Poinsettias are not poisonous to humans. In some cases, contact with the plant can cause mild discomfort. Skin contact with the poinsettia sap can cause a rash, and ingestion of the leaves can cause stomach ache, vomiting or diarrhea. However, such reactions are rare.Full Answer >
Poinsettias are plants with modified red leaves, yellow flowers in the center and green leaves surrounding the red. They require only a minimal amount of care.Full Answer >
Poinsettias are an easy plant to keep. This type of plant needs to be outside or in a room that gets plenty of sunlight. The temperature should be between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, with few drafts.Full Answer >
Poinsettias can thrive outside providing the weather conditions are warm enough. These sub-tropical flowering plants do not like the cold or frost, so put them into the ground beginning in the spring wherever winter weather is a problem.Full Answer >