The Q&A Archives: Summer Poinsettia

Question: A friend was in Door County (Wisconsin) recently and saw a flower in front of a hotel which the hotel owner referred to as "Summer Poinsettia." I never heard of that name. Do you know?

Answer: Amaranthus tricolor, or Joseph's Coat, is a plant that's grown for i's brilliantly colored foliage, rather than its flowers. The leaves can be red, yellow, green, or various combinations of these colors. The red-leaved cultivars are often called Summer Poinsettia. The plants like full sunshine and soil that's on the dry side. Hope this information helps.

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