10 other things you might not know about poinsettias:
1. In nature, poinsettias are perennial flowering shrubs that sometimes attain 10 feet in height.
2. December 12 is National Poinsettia Day.
3. Poinsettias make up more than 85% of potted plants sold during the holidays.
4. Joel Poinsett brought the Mexico native to the US in 1825.
5. The Paul Ecke Ranch in California grows about 80% of the flowers in the US wholesale market.
6. More than 100 varieties of poinsettias are available.
7. Poinsettias are the top-selling potted plant in the US.
8. Women buy more of the plants than men - 80% vs 20%.
9. In Chile and Peru, the plant was known as the "Crown of the Andes."
10. The red leaves are not a flower; they are colored bracts (modified leaves).