Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) are happy, joyful plants Christmas plants. They are used to decorate homes and offices and they also make excellent gifts.
Poinsettias look like big red flowers but they’re not actually flowers – they’re bracts. (A bract is a leaf structure growing in a star-shape.)
Bracts naturally grow green but just before Christmas they are coloured up in the plant nursery through a process called photoperiodism (meaning that these plants require 14 hours of complete darkness daily for 6-8 weeks to get their colour). If you look into the centre of the bracts you will see a cluster of tiny yellow flowers which are the true Poinsettia flower.
Poinsettias are also grown in other colours such as, Pink, Marble, Ice Crystal and White. Poinsettias like bright light (but not direct sun) and they like to have moist, well-drained soil. To avoid the plant from rotting, do not over-water the plant.