Plant Safety for the Holidays

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The garden may not be producing, but that doesn’t mean all plants are gone. Here are some tips for common plants and berries around the house this season.

It’s a festive time of year when many people decorate their homes for the holidays. These decorations can include live plants and natural garland. If ingested, symptoms vary based on the plant involved and amount swallowed. Most often, children do no swallow enough to cause serious symtpoms, however, if someone has ingested part of a plant, play it safe and call the Missouri Poison Center for help! You may try to identify the plant online, but it is best to immediately call our specially trained nurses and pharmacists for advice. Our experts might ask you to text us a picture so we can help identify the plant and we will determine the next steps to help you quickly take care of the problem. Time is important and the sooner we have an identification, the quicker we can recommend the best care.

Here are some of the plants used as festive decorations around this time of year:

If you have questions about winter plants, call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Specially trained nurses and pharmacists are available 24/7/365. The service is free and confidential.

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