Here's a list of 12 plant varieties and their ideal situation for specific zones.
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Gardener's Note: To have the showy bracts during the Holidays, starting around the beginning of October, the plant must receive 14 hours of total darkness/10 hours of bright light daily.
- Tropical shrub grown as an annual houseplant in colder zones for its showy bracts of red, cream, white and yellow.
- Plant in full sun to partial shade.
- Plant in rich but well-drained soil.
- All parts of the plant are poisonous and the milky sap can be irritating.
- Height: 10-12 feet
- Width: 5-6 feet — but much smaller when grown as an annual.
- Hardy in USDA zones: 9-11
Zones 2-8: Grow indoors as a houseplant in a bright sunny window; water when dry; fertilize in summer; prune back in spring and summer; give 14/10 hours of dark/light for bracts to appear during the Holidays.
Zone 9: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; plant in well-drained soil; fertilize regularly; mulch in fall.
Zones 10-11: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; plant in well-drained soil; fertilize regularly; mulch in fall.
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