Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Poinsettia

The Poinsettia, or as its known in Latin, Euphorbia pulcherrima, is native to Mexico and the Pacific coast of the United States. This plant occurs in some parts of central and southern Mexico and some parts of Guatamala. This lovely plant associated with Christmas is named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Ambassador to Mexico, who introduced this plant into the United States in 1825. In the Nahuatl language of Mexico the Poinsettia is known as Cuetlaxochitl. Euphorbia's are known for their toxicity but the Poinsettia is not very toxic but those sensitive to latex may suffer an allergic reaction. If eaten, the plant may cause diarrhea and vomiting. The sap may cause temporary blindness if it gets in the eyes, even dry sap! Despite all this, if sensible precautions are taken, the plant is quite safe and a beautiful addition to the home during the Christmas season.

2 comments:

MAC said...

I just got out of work and stopped by the store for some last minute items. We're going to Hubby's brother's house for Thanksgiving tomorrow. I bought my first Poinsetta of the season as a hostess gift for his wife. It's so pretty. HAVE A YUMMY NIGHT!!!

haliaeetusguys said...

I took this photo this evening after returning home from work and couldn't resist taking s few more! Meantime, I plan to continue looking for an Italian Cypress, the blue-green foliage variety. I had one of those back in southwestern Ontario which was bought as a little potted plant and repotted as needed. It was left outside from spring to autumn and brought inside for the winter. Then it was dressed up for Christmas! I left the plant and a few others, such as an 8 year old Aloe vera with baby plants ringing it and Majorcan rosemary plant, with the new owners when I sold the house. Have a great night too guys!!! - Volker