Unusual Poinsettias

Euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Ice Punch’ (Paul Ecke Ranch) – This novelty-type poinsettia has been at the top of consumer ratings since its introduction and I expect it to remain quite popular. The cranberry red bracts are contrasted by crystal-shaped inset variegation of white to silvery-pink. These highly eye-catching flowers are nicely contrasted by dark green foliage.

Euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Holly Point’ (syn. ‘Eckansley’) (Paul Ecke Ranch) – Another up-and-comer as far as consumer interest is concerned, and it’s no wonder given the deep red bracts beautifully contrasted by mid-green leaves edged with gold variegation. ‘Holly Point’ has a compact, spreading habit making it a good 4″ plant for decorating mantles or dining room tables.

Euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Winter Rose Eggnog’ (Paul Ecke Ranch) – A newer introduction in the Winter Rose series with highly incurved ivory to cream bracts which much resemble an old-fashioned English rose – it also comes in red, pink, ‘Marble’ and ‘Peppermint Twist’. This cultivar can be trained to make a good miniature poinsettia tree due to its strong stems.

Euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Silverstar Red’ (Fischer USA) – A novelty-type poinsettia with bright cherry red bracts and soft green foliage, generously variegated on the margins with creamy-white. ‘Silverstar Red’ is a strong upright grower that is easily trained into standard or tree forms. The variegation alone makes it a worthwhile addition to your Christmas decor.

Euphorbia pulcherrima ‘Ice Crystal’ (Dummen) – Another high demand poinsettia with very unusual bracts of red and white with a soft transition between the inset white and marginal red coloration that almost looks like it has been spray painted. This gives the flowers a shimmering effect that works particularly well with interior lighting and highlighting those dull corners.

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