Poinsettia pulcherrima, the most showy of the species, is a general favorite, during December and January, for the decoration of our halls and dinner tables.

In the northern counties the Poinsettia is treated as a greenhouse plant; from Santa Barbara south it gives grand results when grown in the open ground, its great scarlet bracts often being twelve inches or more in width and the plant itself frequently growing ten feet high and six feet wide.