The cheerful colors of Poinsettia (Euphorbia Pulcherrima) always remind me of holidays. This ornamental and colorful shrub is an excellent choice for any indoor or outdoor gardens.
Native of Mexico and Central America, Poinsettia belongs to Euphorbiaceae which is a large family of succulent plants. Unlike most plants of this family, Poinsettia is quite showy plant that bears large bracts of pink, bright red, yellow, white and variegated colors.
Poinsettia usually forms a short and thick trunk with a brown, rough bark. New leaves are soft and bronze that ultimately turn in to green, hard and leathery succulent leaves. The plant exudes milky sap from wounds which can cause irritation on skin.
How to Grow Poinsettia
Poinsettia is easy to care and fast growing shrub that makes an excellent ornamental plant for any garden. Poinsettia requires a well-drained and mulched soil, and bright sunlight (morning exposure to sun for a couple of hours is enough, if you are growing your Poinsettia indoors). The plant can be propagated from cuttings that root readily. Cuttings are, however, prone to rot if planted in soggy soil. Protect Poinsettia from frost in cold climates.
Poinsettia is also known as Christmas Plant, Lobster Plant or Mexican Flame Leaf.