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Poinsettia: The Beautiful But Toxic Christmas Flower

Imagine a garland of beautifully displayed bright velvety red poinsettias as a centerpiece for your table. The lush flower is one of the few flowers that can survive the winter’s cold months making it a perfect Christmas flower.

Imagine a garland of beautifully displayed bright velvety red poinsettias as a centerpiece for your table.  The lush flower is one of the few flowers that can survive the winter’s cold months making it a perfect Christmas flower.  The poinsettia is not only a Christmas flower because its foliage survives this time of year but also because of the beautiful red of the plant that enriches any holiday decorations.

Caution for the Christmas Flower

Unfortunately there are a few precautions you should take if you want to bedeck your house with the red Poinsettia.  This plant, while beautiful and red is exactly what its vibrant color reflects: it is toxic when ingested.  While most people don’t make it a habit to go from table to table snacking on poinsettia petals there are dangers to children and animals who don’t know any better.

Oftentimes children are curious about their surrounding world, especially when it comes to bright colors and new textures.  Children best understand textures in their mouths so it stands to reason that when a child sees a poinsettia and feels the lush softness of the plant he/she could very well have a taste just to understand the texture even more.

Cats are also curious creatures and are more likely going to jump on a table and inspect the wild new decoration either by digging at it or chewing on it.  Neither is particularly good for the plant nor your cat.

Keeping the Christmas Flower as a Decoration

It’s hard to not be able to use such a beautiful decoration for your home because you have curious cats or kids.  Fortunately there is a solution for this Christmas flower.  Rather than having real flowers decorate your home use artificial plants, at least when they are within reach of where kids and animals can get to them.

If you’re just adamant about having real poinsettias accompany your holiday decorations then use this Christmas flower to decorate walls higher up where kids and cats can’t reach.  Over a door frame is a wonderful place.

This Christmas flower adds a beautiful touch to any home decoration and can even be added to by using one of the hybrids florists and botanists have developed in order to really add depth to your favorite Christmas flower.  Just imagine a beautiful arrangement of red poinsettias with a few white petals accentuating the deep, beautiful red of this wonderful Christmas flower.  You can still enjoy the poinsettia, just be wary of curious creatures so your Christmas flower can survive the holiday, too.

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