TOP 12 POPULAR PLANTS FOR CHRISTMAS

This is more than just a list of the most popular plants that are available to decorate our homes at this holiday season. While each plant is described and illustrated there is also information on which plants are poisonous. This can be a concern where young children and pets are involved. The information is quite comprehensive and so makes a useful guide that is well worth bookmarking for future reference. This comes from an article by Linda Crampton which I found on the Dengarden website.

The Joy of Traditional Christmas Plants

Christmas is a fun festival for many people and is often a very meaningful celebration as well. Family or personal traditions are especially popular at this time of year. Bringing special plants into the home and admiring their flowers, fruits or leaves is often one of these traditions.
Unfortunately, several popular Christmas or holiday plants are poisonous for humans and animals. This probably won’t be a problem for adults or older children, who aren’t likely to eat any part of a toxic plant and are probably prepared to wear gloves if necessary when handling the plant. It may very well be a problem for young children or pets, however. Luckily, there are some non-toxic plants that are an enjoyable addition to a home at Christmas time.
Holly berries
Holly berries | Source

Holly

The shiny green leaves and bright red berries of holly are a cheerful and festive sight. I admire wild holly on my walks instead of bringing it home, however.
One potential problem with bringing holly indoors is the fact that the prickles on the leaves can damage the skin, mouth and digestive tract of a child or pet. Since the leaves would be painful to eat, however, they aren’t likely to hurt anyone by ingestion.
A more serious concern is the toxin in holly berries. The toxin is present in the rest of the plant too, but it’s most concentrated in the berries. The red berries may be especially appealing to young children or pets, who often like to put things into their mouths.

Go to the next page to read more about popular holiday plants and their potential problems.
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