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.
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