TROPICAL RAINFOREST FACTS

Poinsettia Facts

Poinsettia Plant
Poinsettia

Introduction

Although best known as a Christmas or holiday plant, the Poinsettia is actually a tropical rainforest plant that only grows in the wild in Central America and southern Mexico where the climate is very hot. When in their natural environment, these interesting plants can grow up to 15 feet tall. With over 100 varieties, what many call the flowers of the Poinsettia are found in red, pink, white, burgundy, and a mix of those colors. The reason why many people think the colorful part is the flower is because it does resemble one but in fact it is actually a leaf. The true flower is found in the center of the leaves. Luckily this species of plant is not poisonous and poses no real threat to animals or kids. However, depending on how much of the plant is ingested, it may cause a stomachache or vomiting.

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