A member asked:

Are poinsettias or any other holiday plants poisonous?

19 doctors weighed in across 4 answers
Dr. Scott Tomaine answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

No: Poinsettas are not poisonous. If your toddler ate a significant amount of the plant, he or she might get a stomach ache or have some vomiting / diarrhea, but that would be all. Ornaments on a christmas tree, however, can cause more serious problems in the hands (or mouth) of a toddler. Keep these up and out of reach. If you are unsure about any ingestion, call your local poison control center.

Answered 9/28/2016


Dr. Irwin Berkowitz answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Yes: Some plants are poisonous so it is important to keep your young children from eating the leaves. Most poisonous plants are bitter so it is unusual for a child to eat enough to get seriously ill.

Answered 7/28/2015


Dr. Alan Greene answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Yes: Poinsettias are not poisonous (one ohio state study showed that a 50 lb child who ate 500 colored leaves might have a slight tummy ache). However, all parts of the mistletoe (and especially the berries) are toxic - though usually not lethal. So keep mistletoe up and out of reach, hopefully above a strategic spot :).

Answered 5/7/2014


Dr. James Eitner answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Yes: Eating poinsettia leaves can cause nausea and vomiting in adults and children (as can cedar bark and pyracantha). The sap can cause an allergic rash. Definite poisonous holiday plants include mistletoe, holly, amaryllis, daffodils, jerusalem cherry, and lilies.

Answered 2/2/2016



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