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|Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) by Krista Kennedy, Creative Commons|
What is a poinsettia?
The poinsettia is a decorative plant, often used around Christmas. The plant’s leaves are green and its flowers are most often red, but they can also be pink, cream, white, pale green or orange.
Many people think poinsettia plants are poisonous, but poinsettias are not really harmful.
What happens if someone swallows a piece of poinsettia?
Eating a small piece of a poinsettia will not cause any symptoms. The biggest risk is that a young child could choke on it.
If a person or animal eats a large amount of poinsettia, such as an entire plant, it can irritate their stomach and possibly make them throw up.
In addition, people with sensitive skin may get a rash from touching a poinsettia plant.
What can you do if someone has swallowed a piece of poinsettia?
If someone has eaten part of a poinsettia plant:
What can you do if someone has a rash from touching a poinsettia plant?
If someone has a rash, wash the irritated skin with soap and water.
What can you do if you have questions?
If you are worried or have questions about poinsettias, call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222, chat online or text POISON to 85511.
You do not need to call 911 swallowing or touching a poinsettia plant.
How can I prevent plant poisonings?
Last Updated: Tuesday February 16th 2016