Euphorbia pulcherrima

Poinsettia - Euphorbia pulcherrima

Common Name: Poinsettia
Genus: Euphorbia
Species: pulcherrima

Category: Houseplants
Form: Houseplant

Hardiness: Needs indoor protection in the UK. A room temperature of approx. 60oF is ideal.
Height: 1.00 m (100 cm)
Sun/Shade: Good but not bright, direct sunlightSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

Soil: Good quality houseplant compost

Poinsettias are probably the most recognised foliage houseplants of the Christmas period.   

All the commercially grown Poinsettia cultivars are derived from Euphorbia pulcherrima, which is a native of the Sierra Madre region of Mexico, where it can be found growing on forest edges.

The renowned Christmas display of scarlet foliage (there are also popular white, salmon, and pink cultivars) develops on modified leaves called bracts. The striking colours are obtained by subjecting the Poinsettias to a strict regime of restricted daylight hours during October and November.

Step by step guide to caring for your Poinsettia throughout the year and how  to colour up those bracts for next Christmas

Sap of these plants is poisonous and will cause skin irritation.

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