Administrative Professionals Week

Once called Secretaries Week, Admin Professionals Week is April 19th to 23rd this year, with Wednesday the 21st being Admin Professionals Day. The name was changed from Secretaries Day several years ago to encompass the new duties and titles of office support staff. Our stores are ready to help you remember your admin or secretary with gifts of flowers, planters, or candy. Call one of our stores or order on line to assure your sentiment will arrive when you want it to.

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.


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