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Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D.

12 Days of Christmas - Holiday Plants

By December 25, 2013

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Is mistletoe really poisonous? (Kenraiz)What's Christmas without a Christmas tree, mistletoe, holly and maybe a poinsettia or two? You've probably been warned that many of the traditional holiday plants contain toxic chemicals. Yet, how dangerous are they, really? While a couple of holly berries might give you enough caffeine to help energize your holiday, the same dose would harm a household pet. Other plants, like poinsettia, might taste bad, but really don't pose much of a threat.

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