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Poisonous Holiday Plants
Common Holiday Plants That Are Toxic or Poisonous by Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D.
Some popular holiday plants can be poisonous or toxic, especially to children and pets. Here’s a look at some of the most common poisonous holiday plants along with some reassurance about plants many people think are poisonous that really aren’t that dangerous.
Holly - Poisonous
The toxic chemical in holly is theobromine, a stimulantthatnaturallyoccursinchocolate, thoughinlower concentrations. Achildcan eat 1-2 holly berries (Ilex sp.) without harm, but around 20 berries can cause death, so eating holly berries is a serious concern for children and pets.
Poinsettia - Not That Bad
A poinsettia is a natural pH indicator. It’s not really that toxic. The beautiful poinsettia is not something you want on a salad, but this Euphorbia is not partic- ularly dangerous. If you eat a few leaves,
you may feel ill or vomit. Rubbing the sap from the plant into your skin can give you an itchy rash. Beyond that, this plant is unlikely to cause a problem for either humans or pets.
Mistletoe - Poisonous
There are several species of mistletoe. Some species are quite toxic. Mistletoe is a name given to one of several plants, all potentially dangerous for kids and pets.
Amaryllis and Daffodils - Poisonous
Amaryllis  owers are beautiful, but toxic to people and pets. An amaryllis bulb is a common holiday gift. Amaryllis, daffodil, and narcissus bulbs may be forced indoors to produce showy holiday  owers. Eating the bulbs (and
leaves, though they are less toxic) can cause abdominal pain, cardiac arrhythmias, and convulsions.
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