Bright red poinsettias are the classic Christmas plant with showy red bracts and deep green leaves. And while red poinsettias are traditional, there are over a hundred varieties to choose from with a range of flower colours, shapes, and sizes. You’ll find shades of pink, white, crimson, peach, purple, and even those with speckled or marbled bracts. Winter Rose poinsettias are very unique and have curled bracts that make them look like the flower of a rose.
When selecting a poinsettia look for a plant with fresh, unblemished bracts and dark green leaves. The true flower of the poinsettia - the tiny buds at the centre of the bracts - should still be tight and green in colour. If the weather is cold, protect your poinsettia with a plastic sleeve or paper bag when you leave the store. And don’t leave it in the car as you continue to shop. Exposure to cold temperatures can cause the leaves to drop.