Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Festive Flowers -

The poin­set­tia (Euphor­bia pul­cher­rima) is a warm-cli­mate shrub that is na­tive to Mex­ico. The showy blooms are not true flow­ers at all, but are ac­tu­ally bracts – mod­i­fied leaves that sur­round a clus­ter of tiny tubu­lar blooms. The plants are nat­u­rally win­ter flow­er­ing, but in Aus­tralia they’re brought into bloom for our sum­mer­time Christ­mas through cul­ti­va­tion in mod­i­fied green­houses, which tricks the plant into a flow­er­ing cy­cle.

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