Poinsettias: ‘Cuetlaxochill’, the flower of Christmases
Is it poisonous? Do dogs and kids tend to eat them? Is it only nasty to the taste with little power to poison when ingested?
I wrote about this plant 20 years ago — its bad reputation and its power to kill. It will cause vomiting if the leaves are eaten by a dog, cat or child. It was used by the Aztecs to control fevers. Montezuma, the last of the Aztec kings, would have caravans of poinsettias brought to Mexico City because the high altitude would prevent the growth of the plant.
How should you treat your holiday plant? Enjoy it as a household plant during the holidays and then find it a safe place in the garden/ landscape to grow. Remember that to make the brilliant colors of the plant come true, you must find a place in the garden that allows you to shield the plant from artificial light during the last two months before the bloom of holiday color.
I had mine for about 10 years until a over zealous gardener mowed down my holiday charm. My next adventure is to grow a chocolate plant. I hear they do quite well in our Zone 10. I had a one in Cuba back in the 50’s and it did well inside. If you have any questions or problems give me a call at 561-744-4750 or e-mail e at [email protected]