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Posted by csflor on December 18, 2009 | Last Updated: July 14, 2021 Uncategorized

Poinsettia Toxicity Myth


The poinsettia is the most widely tested consumer plant on the market today, proving the myth about the popular holiday plant to be false:

As with any non-food product, however, the poinsettia is not meant to be eaten and can cause varying degrees of discomfort; therefore, the plant should be kept out of the reach of young children and curious pets.

Click here to read “Festive medical myths” posted on BMJ.com. Click here for a PDF.

Click here to read “Scientists Shed Light On Festive Medical Myths” posted on NPR. Click here for a PDF.

Poinsettia and Latex Allergies

According to the American Latex Allergy Association, only about 1 percent to 6 percent of the general population is allergic to latex, and “… one would have to have significant contact with the poinsettia plant’s latex directly to have an allergic reaction … only a small drop of latex that can be immediately wiped off of the skin is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction.”

The Purdue Plant & Pest Diagnostic Laboratory advises pet owners: “Wash sap off the animal to prevent further ingestion. Call a veterinarian if the eyes are affected, or if signs do not resolve in a few minutes.”