Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) remain one of the most popular holiday flowers. The showy colored parts of poinsettias that most people think of as the flowers are actually colored bracts or modified leaves. There are more than 100 varieties of poinsettias available today. Poinsettias come in colors like the traditional red, white, pink, burgundy, marbled and speckled.
Clusters of widely flaring soft orange blooms are borne throughout the year and are held above and among the rich deep green foliage on an upright to spreading herbaceous tropical. Crossandras are excellent for mixed containers and in the garden for bright color in shaded areas where they often flower until frost. They can tolerate full sun but at least here in the hot South they have a tendency to curl their leaves on the hottest days.