The Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is a flowering shrub in the Euphorbiaceae family of spurge plants.
It is native to Central America and Mexico.
It grows to 1-4 metres (2-13 feet) tall.
The Poinsettia has dark-green leaves and red bracts.
The small flowers in the centre of each leaf bunch are yellow and green. They are uni-sexual with male and female flowers.
It is a short-day plant that only blooms when there are less than 12 hours of daylight.
The Poinsettia blooms from September to December in the Northern Hemisphere.
Photographed in Paris in December 2019.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls