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Poinsettia Euphorbia Pulcherrima 'Winter Rose Early Red'

The Poinsettia is the most popular Christmas flower with its annual sales now exceeding that of all other potted plants combined.  A native of Mexico, the plant was introduced to America in 1825 by U.S. Ambassador Joel Robert Poinsett.  The red flowering poinsettias are still the top sellers, but the other colors are gaining more & more in popularity.  Many people mistakenly identify the plants bracts, which are modified leaves, as its flowers.  The actual flowers are the small, yellow clusters (cyathia) found in the center of the bracts.  W.R. Early Red is an early season variety with Deep Red bracts and dark green foliage.  Some refer to it as the Christmas Rose since it features a large, rose like bloom.  It’s sold as a Novelty on the Lucas order sheet.

USDA Zone: Indoor

Color: Dark Red

Characteristics & Attributes:


  • Great Foliage

Design Use:

  • Focal Point
  • Container
  • Tropical
  • Indoor Forcing


  • Indirect Sunlight

Foliage Color:

  • Dark Green


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Winter

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Winter

Soil Moisture:

  • Average
  • Well Drained


  • Compact