Common Names: African Fire Sticks, Pencil Tree, Milk Bush
The plant Euphorbia tirucalli recently sent Pastor Rick Warren to the emergency room. Read the article that describes what happened. If you happen to have this in your garden or will come close to this plant in the future - be informed that this plant can be dangerous if it is made to "bleed".
Inside the stick-like branches is corrosive and extremely toxic milky sap. It can cause severe pain and detrimental effects on the skin and eyes on contact and fatal when ingested. I would say that this is not safe to have around children. If you really want to have it in your garden, take extra precaution when handling it.
Beauty is deceptive.Get to know the plants in your garden.