Holiday plants can be dangerous to pets and children

Susan Howell
Amaryllis is beautiful but its bulbs can be highly toxic to humans and pets.

For the earlier several months in this column, we have taken a appear at numerous holiday getaway plants that enjoy an integral portion of holiday break decorations and traditions for several people in Increased Columbus. Though these vegetation give festive color, distinctive fragrance, and insert to the pleasure of the holiday break season, they also can be unsafe all over younger young children and pets.

Holiday plants are usually positioned in places about the residence without the need of a thought about the prospective toxicity of these crops, or the access which inquisitive younger kids and animals may well have to the plants. Let’s seem at the potential toxicity of some of our finest-beloved holiday getaway vegetation.

Amaryllis, paper whites, daffodils: These bulbs compelled for holiday getaway blooming make a wonderful addition to any holiday break décor and are common items for plant fans, but they are incredibly harmful to equally animals and human beings. Ingesting any sections of these vegetation can result in stomach agony, convulsions, and cardiac arrhythmias. The fantastic news is that the leaves of these crops are far much less poisonous than the real bulbs.

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Poinsettia: This quintessential vacation plant now out there in an array of unique colors, shades, and leaf characteristics is likely the most misunderstood holiday plant when it comes to potential toxicity. Even though ingesting the leaves or stems of poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) can lead to gastrointestinal distress, it will not lead to significant illness or death—contrary to what Grandma may have advised you! Investigation at OSU disclosed that a 50-pound youngster would have to ingest a lot more than 500 poinsettia leaves to practical experience any destructive consequences, so no circumstances of severe poisoning have even been reported.

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