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Are Poinsettias Poisonous?


There's nothing prettier than poinsettias at this time of the year and everybody should get one for their house if they haven't got one already because it certainly brings in the Christmas cheer.

Of course with it comes people who are worried about "Are the plants are poisonous? If my kids eat them will it hurt them?" Well first of all, if you kids are that hungry you need to feed them, so they won't be eating the houseplants and especially the poinsettias. You can buy lettuce a lot cheaper.

But to prove that to you once and for all that these plants are not poisonous, we've collected some leaves here. We have different colors red and white, all mixed together to to make it attractive. We have us a salad bowl and we have our favorite dressing, we're going to put a little of that on there. Then we're going to put some bacon bits to give it a crunch, sprinkle a little of that on there, and then we're going to eat one to show you that there's really no problem with eating poinsettia leaves. I wouldn't encourage your children to do it but ah.

The Aztecs used to make a stomach remedy out of this. So obviously they're not poisonous, but don't let your kids eat them. And, of course instead of tossing your plants at the end of the season you might want to toss you a salad, but we don't encourage eating them because you might be allergic. In fact I'm not feeling real well.


I was just kidding.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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