Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Western Mountains and High Plains

December, 2008
Regional Report

Clever Gardening Technique

Dispelling a Garden Myth about Poinsettias
Many local media sources will pick up the garden myth of the season: beware that poinsettias are poison. Since the poinsettia is a member of the Euphorbia family it does produce an acrid, caustic latex sap that can cause varying degrees of skin rash and discomfort if eaten. However, the Ohio State University in 1971 proved that the poinsettia is not poisonous. Just exercise common sense and keep the plant out of the reach of children and pets.

Favorite or New Plant

Virginia Creeper Vine
Virginia creeper (Parthenocissusds quinquefolila), also called woodbine, makes a striking autumn display, when the dense foliage is transformed to brilliant scarlet-red. In spring, this rapidly growing vine quickly produces a blanket of bright green foliage that covers rough walls, trellises, arbors, fences, or unsightly surfaces you'd like to hide. It is especially effective in a naturalized setting where it can grow around and spill over large rocks.


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