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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.
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.
If someone has eaten part of a poinsettia plant:
If someone has a rash, wash the irritated skin with soap and water.
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.
Last Updated: Tuesday February 16th 2016