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Are poinsettias poisonous to animals?


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April 22, 2011 11:27PM

Irritating rather than poisonous describes the general interaction between animals and poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima).

Specifically, the natural colors of poinsettias are green leaves, green and red bracts, and yellow flowers. Shades of orange and red tend to warn the rest of nature that the plant in question is irritating or poisonous. In the case of poinsettias, it is a question of a stomach irritant that may lead to vomiting or diarrhea.