Health Watch - Spring Fling: Flowers
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Spring is here, and it brings with it flowers, gardening and spring holidays. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about greeting spring and enjoying the spring holidays. The spring flowers are in bloom, but could your flowerbeds be dangerous?
Some of the loveliest blooms in the flower garden are poisonous. Dr. Kurt Kleinschmidt, a toxicologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says that can mean danger for young children who tend to put pretty things in their mouths. If you have small children at home or who visit you often, it’s safer to choose less-toxic flowers for your garden.
Potentially dangerous blooms include azaleas, caladiums, chrysanthemums, daffodils, hyacinth, hydrangea, iris, jonquils, morning glories, mums and periwinkles. Safer choices include begonias, crape myrtles, gardenias, geraniums, honeysuckle, impatiens, marigolds, petunias, roses and zinnias.
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