Wow.... Where did you take/see this picture?
I don't know, but I vote some kind of Euphorbia, perhaps even related to Pointsetta.
Posted by pirate_girl Zone7 NYC (My Page) on Sat, Dec 7, 13 at 23:35
I think they are indeed Poinsettia. Originally from Latin America, the picture is taken in Southern China.
My mother lives in Costa Rica. The stores sell poinsettas at Christmas, and after bloom she just plops them in the yard out front. Right now they're about 4' - 5' high. She has an older "original" variety and a couple newer, fuller varieties. Really cool to go there at Christmas and see poinsettia bushes in bloom!
Posted by deanna_in_nh 5a/4b (My Page) on Sun, Dec 8, 13 at 9:33
How wonderful! It would be interesting to plant some of the newer varieties with wider "petals" on your mom's land.
Looks like a poinsettia to me as well. When I lived in Hawaii, one of the houses in the neighborhood had one in their front yard. It was about 6ft tall and 6-8ft wide. Bloomed every winter.
Yes, jujujojo, that's exactly the difference! The newer ones have wider and darker leaves, two traits that make them appear more lush in both foliage and "flora" than the original poinsettia.
There are also magenta impatience growing wild everywhere, even in trashcans outside. A pretty weed down there. So, now I know that magenta was the original impatience color, too! If it wasn't original, it's taken over every roadside and hill.
I saw them growing outside in yards in Phoenix, Az. and blooming when it was cool, but I can't really remember when. I really didn't notice them until they bloomed. I think they really couldn't get to their true potential because there was a frost or two various times that would knock them back, but the one I saw was chest high on me-about four feet.
Posted by aseedisapromise z4.5 SD (My Page) on Sun, Dec 8, 13 at 12:08
How about a protected location?
Here is the same plant today in zone 10. It is also in a protected location from cool wind. It is very large. Notice it has reached above the roof of the second floor.