How to Care for your Poinsettia

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How to Care for your Poinsettia

Nothing says holiday like the tropical beauty of a poinsettia. Originally grown by the Aztecs, poinsettias had quite the journey to becoming the unofficial flower of the holiday season. In fact, it was 17th-century Franciscan priests who first linked the plant to the holidays.

Despite their reputation as the most festive of wintertime flowers, poinsettias are a tropical plant that only thrives in temperatures higher than 50 degrees Fahrenheit (if you don’t believe us, watch Frosty the Snowman).

As you set out to pick the perfect poinsettias for your home this holiday, make sure you take a look at this NC State Extension guide for how to select and care for a fresh poinsettia.

Are Poinsettias Dangerous to Pets?

Great news for those of us who believed for years that poinsettias could harm our pets – poinsettias are not poisonous. Since your little ones (two- or four-legged) are not at risk from the beautiful flowers, go ahead and fill the house!

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