It’s The Holiday Season!

Still plenty of time to order for the holiday. Flowers and plants make great gifts. If you are planning a holiday party then be sure to add flowers to decorate and make the occasion festive! We are here to help and can help you with your needs.  2012_Kinkade_lg (1)


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Poinsettia – Fact and Fiction

As we get into the holiday season, we inevitably hear questions about poinsettias and the “supposed” toxicity. We have enclosed a link to a pamphlet provided by The Society Of American Florists that debunks that myth and also includes many helpful hints in the care of these traditional Christmas plants.

Red Poinsettia

More Poinsettia Info

Click on the link below for a brochure on the history of the poinsettia, care instructions and more information about the myths surrounding this beautiful Christmas plant.

History and legend of the poinsettia

Debunking The Poinsettia Myth

Nearly 80 years ago when an Army officer’s 2-year old child died after allegedly eating a poinsettia leaf, the myth of the poisonous poinsettia was born. Though the story was later determined to be hearsay, nearly 66% of those participating in a 1995 Society of American Florists poll still believed poinsettias to be toxic if eaten.

Abundant evidence exists to debunk the myth, however. Researchers at the Ohio State University, working in conjunction with the SAF, tested the effects of ingesting unusually high doses of the leaves, stems, and sap from the poinsettias and found the plant to be nontoxic.
Further evidence of the plant’s benign nature comes from POISINDEX, the information resource for the majority of poison control centers in the United States. According ot POISINDEX, a 50 pound child would have to eat 500 to 600 leaves to exceed experimental doses that found no toxicity. The American Medical Association’s Handbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants lists occasional vomiting as a side effect of ingesting otherwise harmless poinsettia leaves. And in 1975 the Consumer Products Safety Commission cited lack of substantial evidence in its decision to deny a petition requiring warning labels for poinsettias.

So why does the myth persist? According to the results of an SAF-sponsored poll released in 1994, 43% of those who believed the poisonous poinsettia myth were repeating “word-of-mouth” information. And another 37% listed the media as their source of information.
Of course poinsettias, like most ornamental plants, are not intended to be eaten by people or animals. But this universal holiday symbol can safely be displayed in any environment.

Of course when looking for a poinsettia, our stores feature only high quality healthy plants.


The Coming Season

The Thomas Kincade Sleigh Ride Bouquet

Well Thanksgiving has come and gone and hopefully everyone had a good holiday celebrating with family and friends. Now our thoughts start to turn to Christmas and the whole season. Our stores are getting ready for Christmas. Stop in and see our assortment of fine gifts, poinsettias, holiday plants and flowers.

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