- These are perennial flowering shrubs that can grow up to ten feet.
- Poinsettia Day is celebrated on 12th of December in honor of the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett.
- These plants grow best in a tropical climate; they cannot withstand frost.
- Poinsettias are greatly prized during Christmas for their bright red leaves. In holiday season, almost 85% of the sales of potted plants are poinsettias.
- The highest cultivation of these plants is in US, with California being the top producing state.
- The plant is prized for its bright red leaves. The flowers are very tiny yellow buds present in the center.
- Poinsettias have also been called the flame leaf flower and lobster flower.
- The Aztecs used to extract dye from its leaves.
- The price is directly proportional to the number of blooms that the plant has. More the number of blooms, more expensive is the plant.
- There are over a hundred varieties available, out of which red poinsettias are the most popular.
- Over 65 million poinsettias are sold in US in a year, the bulk of the sales being in December.
- Poinsettias come in a variety of colors, like red, white, pink, salmon, yellow, cream, and apricot. There are also an unusual marbled variety available where several colors are blended together.
- Poinsettia Bowl is the name given to a NCCA bowl game in San Diego.
To ensure that they bloom for a longer time, keep the plant away from cold drafts as this will make the leaves wilt. Water the plant once a day, but avoid over watering. Ensure that there is a proper channel for the water to drain out. If the plant sits out too long in the water, it will rot and the bracts will wilt.