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Poinsettia

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  • Common Name: Poinsettia
  • Latin Name: Euphorbia pulcherrima
  • Family Name: Euphorbiaceae

Research is ongoing as to whether Poinsettia is toxic, but as it is a member of the spurge family and produces a milky sap that could cause skin irritation, it is best to avoid.

Although Poinsettia is a pot plant in the UK it does grow as a large shrub in its natural habitat. 

The red 'petals' that are so well known are not actually a flower but the upper leaves, or bracts,  to an insignificant flower.

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