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|Christmas cactus photo by Christine Schmidt|
What is Christmas cactus?
Christmas cactus is a decorative plant with pointed leaves and with flowers that usually bloom in December, when the days are short. Christmas cactus flowers can be a variety of colors, including red, pink, purple and orange.
Christmas cactus is not harmful to eat.
What happens if you swallow a piece of Christmas cactus?
Eating a small piece of a Christmas cactus will not cause any symptoms.
If a child or pet swallows a large enough piece they may choke on it.
What should I do if someone swallows a piece of Christmas cactus?
If someone has swallowed part of a Christmas cactus, give them some water to wash out the taste. If you are worried, call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222, chat online or text POISON to 85511.
How can I prevent plant poisonings?
Last Updated: Friday September 2nd 2016