31 Different Types of Poinsettia Cultivars to Grow This Season

Are you thinking of adding some poinsettia plants to your garden for a little more holiday cheer? There are many different types of poinsettia you can welcome into your home. In this article, gardening expert Danielle Sherwood looks at the most popular poinsettia cultivars you can add both indoors and outdoors this season.

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If you’ve decided to purchase a poinsettia this season, you are spoiled for choice! With over 100 varieties available, there’s a color and look to complement your holiday style. Beyond the classic reds, whites, and pinks, you have a world of poinsettia color to explore!

The beautifully colored blooms that poinsettias are famous for are actually modified leaves, called bracts. These come in beautiful variations. Options range from the traditional star shape, to holly or oak shaped leaves. Some even come curled like a rose! The real flower of the poinsettia is at the center of the bracts. These small yellow blooms are called cyathia.

If you’ve decided to make poinsettias the star of your holiday decorations, you’re in good company! These stunning plants are an international plant symbol of the holidays.

Whether you use them in decorative containers, table centerpieces, or to brighten your kitchen, poinsettias are a beautiful and festive way to brighten the winter gloom. You can even keep them as houseplants year round! Let’s take a deeper look at our favorite poinsettia varieties, with names and pictures of each.

‘Grande Italia’

Close-up of a Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima 'Grande Italia' plant against a white background. The plant has beautiful large red bracts with tiny yellow flowers in the center of the head. The leaves are simple, dark green, with pointed ends.
‘Grande Italia’ has large Christmas red bracts that will last about 6 weeks.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Grande Italia’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

Let’s start with a beautiful, iconic red! ‘Grande Italia’ is a showstopping offering in the red poinsettia group, with extra large, smooth bracts in true, Christmas red.

This variety is taller than your average poinsettia at 20”, and will make a beautiful large-scale display. More heat tolerant than other varieties, ‘Grande Italia’ is a vigorous winner.

Protect ‘Grande Italia’ from cold drafts and place it where it gets 6-8 hours of bright, indirect light. Its festive foliage will last about 6 weeks with good care!

‘Holly Berry’

Top view, close-up of Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima 'Holly Berry' plant on white background. The leaves are dark green in color, shaped like holly leaves. Bracts are deep red.
‘Holly Berry’ is distinguished by the shape of the leaves and bracts, reminiscent of holly leaves.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Holly Berry’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

If you love the look of winter sprigs of holly, this red variety is for you! The scarlet bracts of ‘Holly Berry’ are shaped like holly leaves, lending them extra holiday style. 

‘Holly Berry’ poinsettias are distinguished by lots of branching, which means more clusters of colorful bracts to admire.

A more compact variety, ‘Holly Berry’ is a great size to serve as the centerpiece of the Christmas dinner table. Water deeply whenever the top layer of soil has gone dry to extend its bloom time as long as possible.

‘Pink Champagne’

Top view, close-up of Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima 'Pink Champagne' plant. The plants produce "flower heads" which consist of coral-pink bracts and small yellow flowers in the center of the head. The leaves are dark green, ovate with narrowed ends.
‘Pink Champagne’ produces gorgeous coral pink bracts.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Pink Champagne’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

A standout variety of pink poinsettia, ‘Pink Champagne’ offers star shaped bracts of coral pink, shaded with deeper rose. Its cyathia are slow to open, meaning a longer lasting poinsettia for your home! Purchase plants with cyathia in the bud stage for the longest bloom time.

‘Pink Champagne’ looks stunning with holiday decor in silver, gold and white. Consider it for a New Year’s Party, along with sparkling glasses of real pink champagne or punch.  This bicolor poinsettia will add a touch of unique holiday style.

Pink champagne is so lovely and versatile, you might wish to keep it beyond the holiday season. Fortunately, poinsettias can be grown as houseplants year round!

‘Orange Glow’

Close-up of several Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima 'Orange Glow' plants in pots against a beige background. The plant produces bright orange star-shaped bracts and dark green oval leaves.
‘Orange Glow’ has large, star-shaped, true orange bracts that give an incredibly cozy atmosphere.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Orange Glow’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

Reminiscent of a winter bonfire, the vivid bracts of ‘Orange Glow’ add warm beauty to cold days! This poinsettia blooms with the truest orange color available on the market. It blooms just in time for Thanksgiving, making it a surprising and beautiful choice for fall decorating.

‘Orange Glow’ has large, traditional star shaped bracts. Its leaves will match the embers of your real fireplace, creating a supremely cozy ambience. Make sure to place your poinsettia far away from the hearth, however. They are sensitive to fluctuations in heat and cold and can wilt or scorch when exposed.

Pick up ‘Orange Glow’ to add a festive mini-flame effect to your holiday decor. Perhaps it will inspire you to make a winter bonfire of your own!

‘Sky Star’

A red leafed plant with white dots all over the leaves. Underneath, you can see some leaves with dark green foliage.
This variety h as little white specks all over the leaves that look like stars.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Sky Star’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

‘Sky Star’ evokes Christmas magic. This unique variety has bracts of full crimson  sprinkled with white, giving the effect of freshly fallen snow on the leaves. Guests will peer closer to see if it’s real!

A whimsical option for your holiday decor, ‘Sky Star’ has deep green leaves and an upright habit. Place a few in clusters around your home to create a snowy winter wonderland. Bunching plants together also helps provide a more humid microclimate, keeping needed moisture in the air and soil.

‘Sky Star’ is so named because the tiny white dots reminded growers of twinkling stars in the night sky. Whether it reminds you of glittering stars or a light snowfall, this rare poinsettia is sure to enchant!

‘Plum Pudding’

Top view, close-up of Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima 'Plum Pudding' plant. Bright light eggplant hue, pointed bracts with bright green cyathias rise above dark green foliage.
‘Plum Pudding’ is a unique purple poinsettia that produces light eggplant-colored pointed bracts.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Plum Pudding’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

The only real purple poinsettia (you can find many painted to look purple), ‘Plum Pudding’ is a gorgeous shade of light aubergine. If you like non-traditional holiday colors, this original variety will win your heart.

‘Plum Pudding’ has somewhat small, pointed bracts and bright green cyathia. Its lovely plummy shade recalls the traditional Christmas dessert. Place it near a picture or figurine of the Nutcracker’s Sugar Plum Fairy for a perfect holiday vignette.

‘Plum Pudding’ has a free flowering, open growth habit, giving it a more rustic look than most tidy, v-shaped poinsettias. When propagating this remarkable poinsettia, make sure to pinch back its first growth by an inch or two. This will encourage more bracts in this stunning violet shade.

‘Alaska’

Close-up of Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima 'Alaska' plant against white background. The plant has large white bracts in the shape of an old leaf and dark green, pointed leaves also in the shape of an old leaf.
‘Alaska’ is a gorgeous white poinsettia that will make a great addition to your wintry vibe.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Alaska’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

Do you have a flocked tree? Do you love fairy lights with snowy white winter container décor? ‘Alaska’, the clearest white poinsettia available, will be the perfect accent to your wintry vibe.

‘Alaska’ set the industry standard with large frosty white, holly-shaped bracts. It’s a  tough and vigorous grower. This sturdy poinsettia can withstand a little neglect, making it a great option for beginners.

Bringing to mind ski slopes, snowflakes, and marshmallows, choose ‘Alaska’ for a dependable and classy poinsettia that looks great through the new year!

‘Christmas Mouse’

Close-up of Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima 'Christmas Mouse' plant against white background. The plant consists of large, deep red, rounded bracts arranged around green cyathias and large, dark green, rounded leaves.
‘Christmas Mouse’ delights with its rounded deep red bracts set off by rich green foliage.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Christmas Mouse’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

This darling variety seems too cute to be true! Inspired by a German poem of the same name, ‘Christmas Mouse’ delights with small, rounded bracts that look like little mouse ears.

If you love classic holiday red but love an unconventional twist, you’ll adore ‘Christmas Mouse’. This award-winning poinsettia has dense, vibrant red bracts, set off by rich green foliage. With a bloom form never before seen in poinsettias, ‘Christmas Mouse’ is truly unique.

‘Christmas Mouse’, like all poinsettias, prefers a slightly humid environment. Ideal humidity is between 55%-75%. If you have particularly dry winter air, consider a humidifier to keep this charming variety healthy and happy!

‘Superba New Glitter’

Close-up of a Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima 'Superba New Glitter' plant against a black background. The poinsettia produces ruby red bracts with irregular white flecks and spots, bright green tiny rounded cyathias, and dark green foliage.
‘Superba New Glitter’ is a fun poinsettia that produces ruby red bracts with white irregular flecks and spots.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Superba New Glitter’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

This fun novelty poinsettia has ruby red bracts flecked with white. Long, speckled, pointy bracts stand out against dark green foliage, making ‘Superba New Glitter’ one of the showiest varieties available.

Coloring up just in time for the Christmas season, ‘Superba New Glitter’ produces the perfect palette of holiday red, white, and green in one plant! This interesting variety is spectacular enough to stand on its own as decor.

 Place it near a South West or East facing window to provide optimal indirect light and long-lasting color. Make sure its leaves don’t touch the cold panes!

‘Enduring Marble’

Close-up of Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima 'Enduring Marble'. The plant has lush large cream bracts with a pink sheen, arranged on top of dark green foliage.
‘Enduring Marble’ has large cream bracts with a pink sheen in the center of each bract.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Enduring Marble’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

This variety has lush, creamy bracts, marbled with rosy pink. This compact variety is an usually eye-catching choice.

More tolerant of low light conditions than most cultivars, ‘Enduring Marble’ works well to brighten up small, darker spaces.

Place ‘Enduring Marble’ in your foyer to greet guests. It’s a guaranteed conversation starter! This series has been developed to retain its color for a long time. Keep ‘Enduring Marble’s’ soil moist (not wet!) and you can enjoy it for months to come. 

‘Cortez Burgundy’

Close-up of a flowering plant Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima 'Cortez Burgundy'. The plant has large deep red, almost burgundy, with slightly oak leaf-like bracts. The leaves are dark green in color, some have a rich merlot shade with a black border.
This variety produces rich burgundy oak leaf-shaped bracts with dark green leaves that become even darker towards the end of blooming.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Cortez Burgundy’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

‘Cortez Burgundy’ is a beautiful intense burgundy red. It has lightly oak leaf-shaped bracts, giving it a softer appearance than bright red, star-shaped poinsettias.

This variety is the star of the deep wine colored poinsettias. It’s an elegant variation of traditional crimson, and looks gorgeous in settings with rustic or victorian-inspired decor.

As ‘Cortez Burgundy’ reaches the end of its bloom, the leaves become even darker, with shades of rich merlot edged in black. This poinsettia is very sensitive to high temperatures, so be sure to keep it away from heat sources to enjoy its gorgeous color as long as possible!

‘Green Envy’

Top view, closeup of Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima 'Green Envy'. The plant has beautiful lush green-white bracts with wavy edges arranged around orange cyathias. The dark, blue-green leaves make a great backdrop for the vibrant bracts.
‘Green Envy’ produces green bracts with wavy edges.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Green Envy’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

Grey winter skies getting you down? Add a burst of joy with the zesty ‘Green Envy’. This unique cultivar’s chartreuse bracts will brighten up even the darkest of moods.

With lime-colored blooms and wavy leaf edges, ‘Green Envy’ is pure fun. It looks luminous paired with white decorations and twinkle lights.

‘Green Envy’ keeps the cheer going past the holidays with long-lasting color. This poinsettia is perfect if you need a bit of sunshine as you wait for the days to lengthen again.

‘Freedom Peppermint’

Close-up of poinsettia 'Freedom Peppermint'. Poinsettia has light pink, slightly apricot bracts with crimson freckles. Some bracts still have greenish edges and veins. Dark green leaves with pointed ends create a lush and rich background for bright bracts.
This incredible poinsettia variety has light pink or apricot bracts dappled with flecks of cream and raspberry.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Freedom Peppermint’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

Who doesn’t love a dose of refreshing peppermint during the holidays? This sweet variety ranges from light pink to apricot, dappled with flecks of cream and raspberry.

“Freedom Peppermint’ looks good enough to eat, but resist! Though poinsettia toxicity has been greatly exaggerated (it takes 500+ leaves to cause severe symptoms), they release an irritating white sap when stems are cut. It’s advisable to keep them out of pets with a tendency to munch on foliage.

‘Freedom Peppermint’ is part of the Freedom series, bred for large, showy bracts. It provides a beautiful holiday display, with colors versatile enough to look just as good with your post-Christmas decor.

‘Robyn Pink’

A close-up of many Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima 'Robyn Pink' plants against a blurred background. Poinsettias have bright bubblegum bracts arranged in a flower shape around bright green cyathias.
‘Robyn Pink’ has smooth bright bubble gum-colored bracts.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Robyn Pink’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

If you love mid-century modern decor, add a dash of 50s fun with bubble gum-colored  ‘Robyn Pink’ . It looks terrific alongside a flocked tree with bright, whimsical ornaments.

‘Robyn Pink’ is a bold, true pink. It has perfect form, with lots of densely-colored, smooth bracts on a compact plant. With full, even branching, this variety looks pruned to perfection with no effort from you!

Try ‘Robyn Pink’ as a quirky alternative to standard holiday reds and whites. The unexpected color will bring a lively touch to your holidays. 

‘J’adore Soft Pink’

Close-up of a poinsettia 'J'adore Soft Pink' under sunlight. The plant has several layers of pointed bracts of a delicate pale pink color, arranged in large lush flowers around green cyathias.
‘J’adore Soft Pink’ is a chic poinsettia with pointed bracts in a delicate pale pink.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘J’adore Soft Pink’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

If you love pink, but ‘Robyn’ is a bit too bright, take a look at chic ‘J’adore Soft Pink’. This poinsettia is pure loveliness, with layers of pointed bracts in delicate, pale pink.

‘J’adore Soft Pink’ has a traditional star-shaped form, but the elegant color makes it a standout. Pair it with silvers and whites for a pastel wonderland effect. Even better, consider pairing it with ‘Robyn Pink’ and a deeper red for a stunning ombré arrangement.

This poinsettia comes in full size, but is also often sold as a dainty mini, with options as small as 8 inches tall. Give one as a gift or set on a side table for pretty-in-pink perfection!

‘Biancaneve White’

Close-up of a Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima 'Biancaneve White' plant in a white rounded flowerpot on a white round table next to a Christmas souvenir in a bright room. The plant has large white bracts and dark green leaves. The souvenir is a small transparent flask with a white Christmas tree and deer inside.
This variety produces large white bracts in mid-November and lasts through Christmas.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Biancaneve White’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

‘Biancaneve White’ has the largest, snowy-white bracts available on the market! It looks fully covered in ivory blooms, making it the ideal companion for a frosty winter theme.

‘Biancaneve’ prefers cool temperatures, so it’s hard to find in southern climates. If you love white poinsettias and live somewhere with warm winter weather, you still have beautiful options. Consider the aforementioned ‘Alaska’ or creamy white ‘Polar Bear’.

‘Biancaneve White’ is an early season variety, achieving prime color in mid-November that lasts through Christmas. This variety is ideal for those who like to get a jump start on holiday decorating.

‘Kayla Red’

Close-up of a gorgeous 'Kayla Red' poinsettia in front of a white background. The plant has bright ruby red, pointed bracts and lime cyathias. The lower dark green leaves also have pointed shapes.
‘Kayla Red’ is one of the best red poinsettias with gorgeous ruby red bracts and lime cyathias.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Kayla Red’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

With so many poinsettia cultivars in festive red, how do you know you’ve picked the best one? With ‘Kayla Red’, there’s no doubt- it won “Best Red Variety’ in a trial of 175 red blooming poinsettias!

‘Kayla Red’ is a splendid ruby red, with gorgeous lime cyathia that look like little gems. It has merry holly-shaped leaves and beautiful v-shaped form, making it the perfect red poinsettia for any home.

‘Kayla Red’ was bred for heat tolerance and a long shelf life. It will last for months with regular deep watering. This variety is also a choice you can feel good about purchasing. Its producer, Beekenkamp, is FairTrade™ certified!

‘Lemon Glow’

Close-up of bracts of Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima 'Lemon Glow' plant. The poinsettia plant has several layers of bright yellow bracts surrounding the yellow-green cyathias.
If you want to add some sparkle to your Christmas party, consider this bright yellow ‘Lemon Glow’ poinsettia.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Lemon Glow’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

With the color of candlelight, ‘Lemon Glow’ will add radiance to your holidays. This early season cultivar is an excellent choice for filling the space between autumn and winter decor. Think golden fall leaves and glowing Christmas lights.

Wherever you place ‘Lemon Glow’, you add a ray of sunshine. It has pointed, vivid yellow bracts recalling a bright Christmas star.

You’ll want this cheerful poinsettia to stick around as long as possible, but don’t baby it too much with extra nutrients. Poinsettia plants don’t need any fertilizer to keep their color when in bloom. Instead, focus on providing it with the bright light it needs to stay vibrant.

‘Country Quilt’

Plant with red leaves that has some white splotches on it, with some dark green foliage in the background.
This variety gets it’s name for the fact that it looks like a country barn quilt.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Country Quilt’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

Similar to the speckled style of ‘Superba New Glitter’, ‘Country Quilt’ makes a splash with flecked leaves in scarlet, cream, and lime green.

Uniting all the iconic holiday colors, this fun variety is a winner for traditional or youthful home decor. It originated at the Paul Ecke Ranch, the world’s premium poinsettia producer, with over 50 % of sales worldwide!

Though it looks pretty, remove the shiny sleeve that ‘Country Quilt’ (and most other poinsettias) came in. This will allow your poinsettia’s roots to breathe and avoid retention of too much moisture, leading to root rot. You can keep it looking great by placing the plastic nursery pot in a larger, decorative container.

‘Silverstar Red’

Silverstar Red variety plant in the garden. Most of the plant leaves are red and a few of them are red with green variegated foliage.
This variety is bright red and has some faint silver edging.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Silverstar Red’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

Unlike most other cultivars, the star of ‘Silverstar Red’ isn’t the colorful crimson bracts. This beauty catches the eye with its lush alabaster and green variegated foliage.

‘Silverstar Red’  looks gorgeous in floral arrangements too! Though not often used as a cut flower, poinsettias make beautiful bouquets. To help it last as long as possible, cut a healthy stem and quickly burn the end with a lighter, sealing off the sap. Add a spoonful of sugar and a quarter teaspoon of bleach to the water. Change the water when it gets cloudy, and your arrangement can last up to 2 weeks!

‘Silverstar Red’ was a winner in the 2009 horticulture trials at BYU. Along with striking variegated foliage and pretty pointed red bracts, this variety is an excellent choice for health and vigor.

‘Christmas Beauty Princess’

Top view, close-up of many 'Christmas Beauty Princess' poinsettia plants. poinsettias have rich pink-red bracts with a light pink tinge in the center of each bract.
‘Christmas Beauty Princess’ is a type of poinsettia with rich red-pink bracts and deep pink hues in the center.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Christmas Beauty Princess’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

If you want a showstopper, take a look at ‘Christmas Beauty Princess’. True to its royal name, this poinsettia has a regal upright habit, and dazzling bracts of red, tinged with deep pink centers.

The ‘Christmas Beauty’ series has dark green foliage and superior heat tolerance. With color this gorgeous, consider keeping  ‘Christmas Beauty’ as a houseplant all year long! Read these tips to learn how to maintain this poinsettia and encourage rebloom next year.

‘Christmas Beauty’ is unique enough to garner lots of compliments, but with classic flair that complements your time-honored holiday decor. If you’re not sure which variety to pick, ‘Christmas Beauty’ is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

‘Winter Rose’

Close-up of poinsettia 'Winter Rose' flowering plants. The plants have magnificent rounded, slightly curled, bright red bracts that resemble red rose flowers. The leaves are dark green, rounded.
‘Winter Rose’ is a unique type of poinsettia with rounded, slightly curled bracts reminiscent of rose flowers.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Winter Rose’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

For something truly different, surprise your guests with ‘Winter Rose’. This cultivar has rounded, gently curling bracts that bring to mind the blooms of a red rose!

Another advantage of this bract shape is that they tend to last much longer on the plant before fading and leaf-loss. With proper care, you’ll be able to enjoy ‘Winter Rose’ into spring.

This garnet-colored knockout is the original variety in the ‘Winter Rose’ series, which also offers lovely variations like the unusual cream and pink ‘Winter Rose Marble’ and pale blush ‘Winter Rose White’. All versions mature at a smaller stature, and are normally sold in 6-inch pots.

‘Visions of Grandeur’

Close-up of a poinsettia 'Biancaneve White' plant. Large, pale pink pointed bracts arranged in several layers around bright green cyathias.
‘Biancaneve White’ is a showy poinsettia with delicate bracts in shades of pale pink, cream and gold.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Biancaneve White’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

If you want a poinsettia that stops visitors in their tracts, ‘Visions of Grandeur’ is just the ticket. One of the showiest and most vigorous poinsettias available, ‘Visions of Grandeur’ wows in shades of soft pink, cream, and gold.

This poinsettia’s bracts standout for their large size and ruffled edges. ‘Visions of Grandeur’ gives an upscale look to any space, but looks especially sophisticated when set off by gold decorations.

With lots of branching and slightly elongated shoots, ‘Visions of Grandeur’ is a good candidate for breathtaking winter floral arrangements. Consider spraying your bouquet with a quick shot of hairspray to make it last longer!

‘Christmas Surprise’

Close-up of a Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima 'Christmas Surprise' plant in the snow. The plant has bright red-orange bracts and dark green large leaves with pointed ends.
‘Christmas Surprise’ produces red-orange bracts that will make a striking addition to your holiday decor.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Christmas Surprise’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

Do you love a modern pop of color? Choose the cayenne stunner ‘Christmas Surprise’. This red-orange cultivar isn’t shy, with bold blooms that draw the eye, even from a distance!

Highlight the orange notes in ‘Christmas Surprise’ by complementing it with rich blue holiday decor. This remarkably bright variety offers a burst of light in the dark days of the cold season.

‘Christmas Surprise’ is a tough grower, but like all poinsettias, can be susceptible to some pests. Use yellow sticky traps to control any infestations, and remove damaged foliage quickly.

 ‘Autumn Leaves’

Top view, close-up of Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima 'Autumn Leaves' plants in sunlight. The plant produces a large layer of yellow-orange bracts with an upper layer of smaller peach-pink bracts that are arranged around green cyathias.
‘Autumn Leaves’ is an orange poinsettia with peach, yellow and pinkish bracts.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Autumn Leaves’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

We can’t talk about orange poinsettias without mentioning the beauty that is ‘Autumn Leaves’. In glowing shades of peach, yellow, and pink, this variety will add warmth to your home in the chilly season.

‘Autumn Leaves’ achieves color in November, but will last through the winter holidays with good care. It looks equally at home gracing the Thanksgiving or Christmas table.

Though it looks like it produces its own radiant warmth, this poinsettia is sensitive to cold temperatures. Make sure to protect it during the journey from the store or nursery to your home by covering it in cold climates.

‘Christmas Feelings Merlot’

Close-up of Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima 'Christmas Feelings Merlot' plant against white background. The plant has deep red bracts and dark green pointed large leaves.
‘Christmas Feelings Merlot’ has a darker version of the classic Christmas red bracts
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Christmas Feelings Merlot’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

If you like to settle down with a nice glass of red wine after a day of merrymaking, ‘Christmas Merlot’ is calling your name! This variety stays full and rounded, offering you relaxed, easy elegance.

‘Christmas Merlot’ is true to its title, with pretty bracts in intense merlot red. Part of the top-selling ‘Christmas Feelings’ series, it’s a slightly moodier take on classic Christmas red.

The deep shades of this variety are captivating when paired with creams and lime green. Try it next to ‘Green Envy’ for a gorgeous combination!

 ‘Premium Ice Crystal’

Top view, close-up of a Poinsettia 'Premium Ice Crystal' plant. Bright pink bracts with green cyathia resemble a large flower. Bracts are with pale apricot centers and bright pink edges.
‘Premium Ice Crystal’ has incredibly delicate apricot bracts with bright pink edges.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Premium Ice Crystal’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

With apricot centers and hot pink edges, the bracts of ‘Premium Ice Crystal’ are a true novelty. This poinsettia’s leaves color quite far down the plant, giving it a beautiful ball of color effect.

Tie the look together by placing ‘Premium Ice Crystal’ in a cluster with traditional red, white and pink poinsettias. You can also leave it on its own as the star of your bold Christmas decor.

‘Premium Ice Crystal’ prefers temperatures between 65-75 ℉. If temperatures in your climate stay above 55℉, it can even thrive outside next to your front door!

 ‘Tapestry’

Close-up of Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima 'Tapestry' plant against white background. The plant has lush variegated foliage, dark green in color, oval in shape with pointed ends and pale yellow edges. Bright red bracts rise above the leaves.
This variety has incredibly beautiful variegated leaves with pale yellow margins and bright red bracts.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Tapestry’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

‘Tapestry’ has special foliage. This poinsettia’s leaves are variegated in shades of soft yellow and green, which provides a nice contrast to its vermilion bracts.

Choose Tapestry if you don’t want to worry about too much maintenance. This cultivar is resistant to common poinsettia ailments like Bract-edge burn and early leaf loss.

Its cyathia (true flower at the center of the bracts) last for a long time. This longer shelf-life means you can enjoy this poinsettia’s uncommon color for months!

‘Candy Wintergreen’

Closeup of Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima 'Candy Wintergreen' against a white wall. The plant has bright pale yellow bracts with a slight shade of green on the veins and large green leaves with a pale green tint.
Candy Wintergreen is a gorgeous yellow-green poinsettia with pale tea-green leaves.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Candy Wintergreen’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

The holidays aren’t the same without a bit of candy! ‘Candy Wintergreen’ is the perfect middle point between the zesty yellow of ‘Lemon Glow’ and the bright ‘Green Envy’.

 This poinsettia from the ‘Candy’ series has pale, tea-green leaves that look bold or soft depending on what it’s paired with. It is favored by growers for its ideal v-shaped growth habit.

With star shaped leaves, and forest green foliage ‘Candy Wintergreen’ looks a bit like twinkling lights in the evening sky. Try it with deep blues for intense contrast, or shades of cream and fairy lights for a dreamy look.

 ‘Prestige Maroon’

Close-up of a growing Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima 'Prestige Maroon' plant. Poinsettia has large, densely formed bracts of rich burgundy. The leaves are large, deep green with pointed ends.
‘Prestige Maroon’ has luxurious red-burgundy bracts that are densely formed.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Prestige Maroon’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

A classic christmas poinsettia, in a more luxurious shade of red. ‘Prestige Maroon’ looks best in an elegant, opulent setting.

‘Prestige Maroon’ is known for dense bract formation and highly saturated burgundy color. This poinsettia is beautiful in homes with dark wood and golden decorations.

If any leaves on ‘Prestige Maroon’ are curled or begin to discolor, gently remove them. Always wear gloves when snipping your poinsettia to protect your bare hands from its sticky white sap.

 ‘Christmas Beauty Cinnamon’

Close-up of peach cultivar Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima 'Christmas Beauty Cinnamon'. The plant produces large peach-pink bracts arranged around bright yellow cyathia, forming large flower shapes. The leaves are dark green, some with creamy green spots.
This variety is a delightful peach-pink cultivar valued for its fade resistance.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Christmas Beauty Cinnamon’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

‘Christmas Beauty Cinnamon’ is a unique peachy-pink. Part of the top-performing ‘Christmas Beauty’ collection, it’s prized for its resistance to fading.

This blushing poinsettia is the perfect accent to neutral home decor, and will shine long past the holidays. Surround it with flameless candles and champagne coupes for a stunning New Year’s Eve centerpiece.

Most poinsettia’s love humidity, but this variety is sensitive to overly moist air. If you live in a particularly humid climate (90% or above) or your windows are covered with condensation, give it lots of space for ventilation and consider running a fan.

 ‘Valentine’

Side view, close-up of a Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima 'Valentine' plant. The plant has bright red oblong, curled bracts with rich green leaves also curled down.
This variety has stunning red rose-shaped bracts with large cyathias.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Valentine’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

‘Valentine’, another romantic, rose-shaped option, has interesting dark curled foliage and lighter veins. Each colored bract stands high and upright, reminiscent of the single-stemmed roses many give on Valentine’s Day.

 ‘Valentine’s’ other unique attribute is its unusually large cyathia, which stand out in the center of its fluffy rose-red bracts.

‘Valentine’ can handle lower light conditions than the most poinsettias. It has been shown to grow quite well in only 3 hours of bright, indirect light! Consider this pretty carmine-colored poinsettia if you only have light from North-facing windows. 

 ‘Jingle Bell Rock’

Close-up of a Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima 'Jingle Bell Rock' plant covered in large water drops. Bracts are large, deep red with irregular large cream spots. Some bracts are completely creamy.
‘Jingle Bell Rock’ produces red bracts with large cream spots.
botanical-name botanical name Poinsettia euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Jingle Bell Rock’
plant-type plant type Perennial
sun-requirements sun requirements Bright, indirect
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9- 11

Get into the holiday spirit with the jolly ‘Jingle Bell Rock’! This cultivar stands apart from other flecked varieties for its larger blazes of cream on peppermint candy-red bracts.

A late-season variety, buy this poinsettia in time for Christmas and let it provide cheerful color into deep winter. It should last for a while, but if you see leaves dropping prematurely, check your watering schedule. Wilted, falling leaves are often a symptom of over or underwatering.

‘Jingle Bell Rock’ adds the right hint of whimsy to red and white holiday decorations. Set it alone in front of a snowy window for a beautiful scene.

Final Thoughts

Poinsettias, once only available in traditional holiday colors, now come in options to thrill even the most modern tastes! If your decorations are lacking a certain something, add a poinsettia for instant festive appeal.

While at their colorful prime during the cold days of winter, poinsettias can bring beauty to your home all through the year. Once you’ve chosen your favorite, spread the joy by picking up another for a friend or loved one!

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