Though poinsettia may look like flowers, they’re actually shrubs, and the ‘blooms’ are formed by modified leaves called bracts. And it happens only during winter. When grown in the wild, they are moderately quick growers and can reach between 10 and 15 feet tall.
The Poinsettia White plant, also known as Euphorbia Pulcherrima, has been joined by even flashier hues, thanks to hybridizers that have expanded the range of colors from the familiar scarlet to pastel yellow and vibrant pink. It’s nowadays a popular indoor plant.
Poinsettias are forced into bloom timed with the holiday season, so they need extra care to stay looking fresh throughout the holidays.
The Poinsettia is a commercially important plant species of the diverse spurge family Euphorbiaceae. Indigenous to Mexico and Central America, the poinsettia was first described by Europeans in 1834. It is particularly well known for its red, pink, white and green foliage and is widely used in Christmas floral displays.