Question: Is it true that hollies and oleanders are poisonous? How is it that they can be sold?

Answer: We need to teach our kids not to “graze ” in our landscapes. Among the plants that have some degree of human toxicity, you could include both holly berries and the oleanders, along with oak acorns, most spring-flowering bulbs, tomato leaves, Carolina jessamine flowers, moonflowers, castor beans, dieffenbachia stems, azaleas and many others, but not including poinsettias. That list is simply too large to eliminate. As with so many dangers our kids face, it’s more important that we educate.

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