Poison Control Center
at The University of Kansas Health System
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Poinsettia or Christmas Flower

Scientific name

Euphorbia pulcherrima

Common name

Poinsettia, Christmas flower

Type

House plant

Toxicity: 1

Exposure to juice or sap from these plants or a puncture wound from the thorns (if present) may produce a skin rash or irritation.

Toxic parts

All parts

Description

  • Shrub
  • Large, deep-green, tear-shaped leaves
  • Red, pink or cream colored flowers with a small yellow cluster in the center

Scientific name

Euphorbia pulcherrima

Common name

Poinsettia, Christmas flower

Type

House plant

Toxicity: 1

Exposure to juice or sap from these plants or a puncture wound from the thorns (if present) may produce a skin rash or irritation.

Toxic parts

All parts

Description

  • Shrub
  • Large, deep-green, tear-shaped leaves
  • Red, pink or cream colored flowers with a small yellow cluster in the center

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