Bird-Of-Paradise Flower, Christmas Flower, Christmas Star, Fire On The Mountain, Fire Plant, Flame-Leaf Flower, Flor De La Noche Buena, Lobster Flower, Lobsterplant, Mexican Easter Flower, Mexican Flameleaf, Painted Leaf, Pride Of Barbados
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Euphorbia pulcherrima is a shrub or small tree, but mostly seen as a potted indoor plant. It is especially popular at Christmas time because of the colouring of the leaves. The colored bracts, which are most often flaming red but can be orange, pale green, cream, pink, white, or marbled, are often mistaken for flower petals because of their groupings and colors, but are actually leaves. Poinsettia can be grown outdoors in frost free regions.
Generally not harvested.
Take basal stem cuttings in late spring and early summer, dip ends in warm water to stop bleeding, root in well-draining seedling mix.
Central America, Mexico
Soil PH preference
Poinsettia is grown for the potted plant industry and is widely used as a Christmas decoration.
Susceptible to whitefly and botrytis rots, provide good air flow and good pot drainage.