We can’t have a list of favorite winter plants and not list the poinsettia at the top. Poinsettias bloom naturally in response to the shorter winter days, and they are a must-have for celebrating the holidays. While their red and white varieties are by far the most popular, they also come in yellow, orange, salmon, pink, and marbled varieties. Many people think that a poinsettia’s flowers are its bright leaf-like structures (bracts) that change color when the plant blooms. A poinsettia’s flowers, however, are actually the small, yellow clusters located in the middle of the bracts.
To keep your poinsettia vibrant all season, make sure it has plenty of sun and soil that’s kept perpetually moist. Be careful, however, not to let your poinsettia sit in standing water, as this will damage the root system and hurt the plant.