My poinsettia is getting its first red bracts for the season. Yes, those red things are called bracts, not flowers. Bracts are actually specialized leaves, generally used to attract pollinators like bees or butterflies in plants that produce non-showy flowers, such as the poinsettia, whose flowers are small and green.
Did you know that poinsettias are native to Mexico, where they’re called noche buenas (Christmas Eve)? Here in the southern hemisphere, they don’t “bloom” around the holidays, so in Argentina they’ve got another name: estrella federal (federal star), supposedly because the bract clusters look like a star and because the traditional red color is reminiscent of the Partido Federal (Federal Party), a political party that no longer exists.
In any case, if you live in a mild enough climate to grow these outdoors, keep in mind that they can get leggy, so it’s best to give the branch tips a pinch to encourage them to bush out.