Are Poinsettias Poisonous?

There are countless different species of fresh flowers that are poisonous or harmful to people if consumed.  Although using fresh flowers to decorate cakes is a timeless tradition, many types of flowers have poisonous properties and should not be placed around food.  One of the flowers commonly used, especially during this Christmas time of year, are real poinsettia flowers.  Poinsettias are great compliments for Yule Log Cakes, Pies, & other Holiday Desserts.

Poinsettias are not poisonous, but can make you sick.  The harm does not come from eating the petals, but the harm comes from touching the plant or even being around the plant, Euphorbia pulcherrima.  The milky sap that is excreted from the leaves and branches can cause a rash.  And for some people suffer with difficulty breathing from being around poinsettias.  In extreme situations, serious breathing issues can result.

So play it safe, and use Gumpaste Poinsettia Sugarflowers.  Complete the look of your holiday project with food safe Poinsettia Cake Toppers.  Choose from the classic Holiday Red or the Bright White Poinsettia Sugarflowers.  Couple the flowers with some Holly Leaves or Holly Berries and Leaves. 

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