Coupon Corner: Debunking the myth of poinsettia toxicity
Nov 25, 2014 at 9:46 PM
Every year, the selection of poinsettias seems to grow larger, and this year is no exception.
I received an e-newsletter from one of my favorite nurseries, Esbenshade's, which sheds some new light on the Christmas season's favorite plant.
Most of us were taught, from a very early age, that poinsettias were poisonous. The following excerpt from Esbenshade's newsletter should alleviate some myths about the plants, making your holidays more worry-free.
"Studies conducted by The Ohio State University in cooperation with the Society of American Florists....no toxicity was evident at experimental ingestion levels far exceeding those likely to occur in a home environment.
"In fact, the POISINDEX information service, the primary information resource used by most poison control centers, states that a 50-pound child would have to ingest over 500 poinsettia bracts to surpass experimental doses, yet even at this high level, no toxicity was demonstrated.
"Individuals with a sensitivity to latex — the milky fluid found in cut poinsettias and other plants — may experience allergic reactions in the form of a rash or irritation that develops when the skin is exposed to latex. This has been observed to occur only with people who are allergic to latex products..."
And now for some more good news. "...in 1992, the poinsettia was included on the list of houseplants most helpful in removing pollutants from indoor air."
Esbenshade's has three locations. I always shop at the closest store, which is located at 546A East 28th Division Highway in Lititz, Pa. For more information, visit esbenshades.com. (There are a lot of other interesting stores and food outlets on the way to Lititz, so you can make a day trip of it.)
Esbenshade's is one of the "Nation's Top 100 Growers," and has the largest selection of poinsettias in the area.
They have traditional colors of poinsettias as well as lots of other unique varieties and styles, all grown in their greenhouses.
Some unique colors include Fantasy Colors (gold, blue, bronze and purple), Winter Rose (a new form of poinsettia), burgundy, Chianti, cinnamon, Jingle Bells, glitter, marble and a new variety, Carousel, which has gorgeous ruffled bracts.
The plants are maintained in natural light, rather than artificial fluorescent light, so their high quality plants will outlast the competitor's. And, check out their poinsettia guarantee.
If you visit the website or store, sign up for Esbenshade's "E-Green News," a store email newsletter with offers and lots of great information.