The Truth about Poinsettia

Bored with the same old poinsettia plants you put out every year? Time to diversify.

By Emily Main


This beautiful amaryllis is a colorful alternative to the traditional poinsettiaAmaryllis
More elegant, but just as brightly colored as poinsettia plants, amaryllis are tropical species that can be kept healthy year after year if you take care of them properly. And the different varieties come in all sorts of colors—pinks and oranges in addition to traditional white and red flowers. Amaryllis can be expensive if you buy flowering plants at a nursery, but you can also grow them inside in containers, even during cold winter months, a bonus considering that it’s hard to find organically grown houseplants in stores. See our amaryllis page for suggestions.