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What a beautiful plant! I always have two or three poinsettias set out during the Holidays. I keep them in plain sight, but away from little hands. There is no need to condemn this plant, but it is very important to find a safe spot for it. Although it isn't deadly toxic, it can cause dermatological (itching) and gastric problems (if ingested).
Poinsettias are indigenous to Mexico and Central America. In these regions, they can be up to 3 metres tall. Just imagine the décor! I think I would be tempted to set my long chair under a poinsettia plant and relax under its magnificent flowers...
Caring for a poinsettia:
Safely exploring poinsettias with young children:
Poinsettia craft suggestions that make perfect gifts
Before Christmas, dollar stores usually have tons of fabric poinsettia leaves and flowers for sale. Use this material to make:
You can also make your own poinsettias using red and green construction paper or felt. Glue your homemade poinsettias on paper plates with Christmas designs to make beautiful centrepieces. Use your imagination and listen to children's suggestions.
Poinsettias are readily available in stores in November and December and are relatively inexpensive. They make wonderful hostess gifts during the Holidays.
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