The most misunderstood houseplant of all time has to be the humble poinsettia. Did you know that poinsettias are actually no more dangerous to cats than your typical houseplants? Or that they can actually be kept relatively easily as a houseplant year round?
Native to Mexico, this tropical beauty likes sun, warmth, humidity, and appreciates drying out slightly between waterings. The shorter days of winter are what triggers the poinsettia to produce those gorgeous red bracts we all love, so if you want your plant to bloom year after year, make sure she gets 12-14 hours of pitch black darkness a night for the eight weeks proceeding the holidays.