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Is it safe to decorate with poinsettias if I have children?

Contrary to a long-held myth, poinsettias pose little health risk to young children. However, other plants can be harmful. Don't decorate with these holiday plants if you have little kids (or pets):

  • Mistletoe (highly toxic white berries)
  • Holly (highly toxic red berries)
  • Bittersweet (often used in wreaths and floral arrangements, but the entire plant is poisonous)
  • Boxwood (often used in wreaths and swags; twigs and leaves are toxic)
  • Pine (ingesting large amounts can be toxic and handling pine may cause skin irritation)
  • Jerusalem cherry (commonly used for Christmas decorations; berries are highly toxic)

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