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Euphorbia pulcherrimum

Poinsettia

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Key information

Plant type

Tender perennial

Flower colour

Red, White, Mixed

Feature

Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Tender

Skill level

Experienced

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

Poinsettias have become as much as part of the traditional Christmas as holly and ivy and are now available in a range of pastel colours from white right through to the traditional red. They originate from Mexico where the plants reach large proportion although they tend to remain quite small when grown as houseplants. The bright red bracts are often mistakenly though to be flowers, which are in fact the small insignificant yellow buds in the centre. Keep the compost just moist and place in a warm brightly lit room to ensure the brightest bract colour. Plants will discolour and start to drop their leaves and bracts if they get too cold so make sure that they are well wrapped when you buy them.

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Genus: Euphorbia

Species: pulcherrimum

Plant type: Tender perennial

Flower colour: Red, White, Mixed

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Moist

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 100cm

Spread: 200cm


Reader reviews

roycowie42

Not enough general info. Would like to know how to take care of the plant after flowering.


Agilityamber234

Not very much information. I would have liked to know how long my plant is liable to last and keep its red colour


Aranta

I also wanted to know how to take care of the plant after Christmas time but couldn't find any answer to previuos comments...


Whippet

Please will someone give an answer as to the ongoing care of these plants?


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