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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.