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Poinsettia Coloring Pages (free printable PDF templates)

Welcome to our fun collection of poinsettia coloring pages, where the vibrant colors of this iconic holiday plant come to life on your pages “canvas”. Poinsettias, with their rich red and green leaves, have become synonymous with the festive season, and coloring their unique patterns can be a delightful and therapeutic activity for all ages. In this article, we will explore the history and significance with lots of fun facts, and show you how you can unleash your creativity to add a touch of seasonal magic to your poinsettia artwork. Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just looking for a relaxing way to celebrate the holidays, these pages offer a journey through the beauty of nature’s winter masterpiece.

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Poinsettia coloring pages (free printable PDF templates).

You are welcome to choose the design that resonates with you the most, access the free PDF template, print it out, and immerse yourself in the joy of coloring as much as you like.

Alternatively, you can utilize these designs as templates for embroidery patterns or even draw inspiration for creating intricate line tattoos.

Poinsettia facts

For those of you who are newcomers to my coloring pages, I’d like to mention that I enjoy providing the opportunity for you to delve into the subject matter, enabling you to seamlessly transform your coloring experience into an educational lesson.

So, let’s get started!

Poinsettias are fascinating plants with a rich history and intriguing characteristics.

Here are lots of fun and interesting facts about them:

  • Origin and History: Poinsettias, scientifically known as Euphorbia pulcherrima, are native to Mexico and were first introduced to the United States by Joel Poinsett, the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, in the early 19th century. This is how they got their common name.
  • Blossoms are not Flowers: The iconic red “flowers” of poinsettias are not actually flowers but are modified leaves called bracts. The true flowers are small, yellow, and located in the center of these bracts.
  • Variety of Colors: While red is the most popular color for poinsettias, they come in a variety of shades, including white, pink, and even marbled or speckled varieties.
  • Symbol of Christmas: Poinsettias are strongly associated with the Christmas season. They are often referred to as the “Christmas flower” or “Christmas star” due to their festive red and green colors.
  • Economic Importance: Poinsettias are one of the best-selling potted plants in the United States, with millions sold each year during the holiday season.
  • Growing Conditions: Poinsettias are sensitive to light and require specific conditions to bloom. They need long periods of darkness, ideally 12-14 hours a day for about 6-8 weeks, to trigger their colorful bracts.
  • Edible and Non-Toxic: Contrary to popular belief, poinsettias are not highly toxic to humans or pets. While ingesting parts of the plant may cause mild discomfort, they are not deadly.
  • Aztec Symbolism: In Aztec culture, poinsettias were considered a symbol of purity. They used the plant’s colorful bracts to make red dye for textiles and cosmetics.
  • Yearly Celebration: National Poinsettia Day is celebrated on December 12th, the date of Joel Poinsett’s death. It’s a day to recognize the beauty and significance of this plant.
  • Poinsettia Capital: The city of Pauls Valley in Oklahoma is known as the “Poinsettia Capital of the World” due to its large-scale production of poinsettias.
  • NASA Experiment: Poinsettias were part of a NASA experiment on the International Space Station to study how they grow in microgravity. This research aimed to improve the cultivation of plants in space for future missions to Mars and beyond.
  • Longevity: With proper care, poinsettias can live beyond the holiday season. They can be kept as houseplants and coaxed to rebloom the following year with the right care.
  • Insect Repellent: The white, milky sap of poinsettias contains latex, which can be used as a natural insect repellent when applied to the skin.
  • Popular Gifts: Poinsettias make popular gifts during the holiday season and are often given as a gesture of goodwill and friendship.
  • International Recognition: Poinsettia Day is not limited to the United States. It’s celebrated in other countries like Mexico and Guatemala as well.
  • Environmental Impact: Poinsettia production has a significant environmental impact due to the resources required for cultivation. Efforts are being made to reduce its carbon footprint.
  • Research Potential: Poinsettias are subjects of research in botany, horticulture, and genetics due to their unique growth patterns and striking appearance.

These intriguing facts showcase the rich cultural, botanical, and commercial significance of poinsettias, making them a beloved and intriguing part of the holiday season.

We definitely learned a lot, but there’s more to know about poinsettias.

If you would like to continue learning, here are some other reputable resources to check out:

  • To see all of my free printables, go here.
  • To see an alphabetized index of my coloring pages, go here.
  • To see all of my botanicals coloring pages, go here.
  • To see all of my floral coloring pages, go here.
  • To see all of my Holiday and seasonal coloring pages, go here.
  • To see all of my Christmas coloring pages, go here.

Coloring tips

Coloring a picture of a poinsettia can be a delightful and creative activity.

Here are some of my best tips and tricks to make your poinsettia coloring experience even more enjoyable and visually appealing:

  • Choose the Right Colors: Poinsettias come in various colors, so choose your color palette wisely. Traditional red and green are classic choices, but feel free to experiment with different shades to create unique variations.
  • Layering and Blending: Use colored pencils or markers to layer and blend colors for a realistic look. Start with a light base color and gradually build up layers to add depth and dimension.
  • Study Real Poinsettias: Look at real poinsettias or reference images to understand the details of the plant, including the shape and arrangement of leaves and bracts. This will help you achieve a more accurate representation.
  • Use Gradient Effects: To make your poinsettia petals look more three-dimensional, apply colors with varying pressure. Gradually transition from darker to lighter shades to create a gradient effect.
  • Highlighting and Shading: Add highlights to the edges of the bracts and leaves to give them a glossy, textured appearance. Shade the areas where light wouldn’t reach, such as the underside of leaves.
  • Contrasting Background: Consider the background of your coloring page. A contrasting background color can make the poinsettia stand out and really visually pop off of the page.
  • Experiment with Texture: Use different coloring techniques to create texture. For example, you can use stippling (dots), hatching (lines), or even small circular motions to simulate the texture of the bracts.
  • Try Mixed Media: Don’t limit yourself to just colored pencils or markers. Experiment with watercolors, pastels, or even digital coloring for a variety of effects.
  • Add Details: Pay attention to the small details, such as the veins on the leaves and the fine lines on the bracts. These details can make your poinsettia look more authentic.
  • Practice Patience: Take your time and work slowly, especially when dealing with intricate designs. Rushing can lead to mistakes and uneven coloring.
  • Protect Your Work: To prevent smudging, place a scrap piece of paper under your hand as you color. You can also use fixative spray for traditional media to seal your artwork.
  • Stay Creative: While realism is one approach, don’t be afraid to get creative. Experiment with different whimsical color combinations and styles to make your poinsettia unique and visually interesting.
  • Relax and Enjoy: Coloring can be a relaxing and meditative activity. Enjoy the process, and don’t worry too much about perfection. It’s your interpretation of the poinsettia that matters most.

Remember that coloring is a personal expression of your creativity, so there are no strict rules.

Have fun, experiment, and let your imagination flourish as you bring your poinsettia artwork to life.

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What are the most common poinsettia colors?

The most common colors of poinsettias are vibrant red and crisp white.

These two classic hues dominate the poinsettia landscape and have become synonymous with the holiday season.

Red poinsettias, in particular, are the quintessential choice for many during the festive period, symbolizing warmth, love, and the joyous spirit of Christmas.

Their rich, velvety bracts create a stunning contrast with the surrounding green foliage, making them an iconic decoration in homes, churches, and public spaces.

White poinsettias, on the other hand, exude purity and elegance, and they often complement traditional holiday decor with their clean and serene appearance.

These two timeless colors capture the essence of the season and are a staple in holiday celebrations.

While red and white poinsettias remain the most prevalent and cherished choices, poinsettia enthusiasts and horticulturalists have expanded the spectrum of available colors in recent years.

*I will add more poinsettia colour / color questions and answers as the questions get sent to me.


In conclusion, these poinsettia coloring pages invite us to immerse ourselves in the enchanting world of this iconic holiday plant, allowing our creativity to blossom with every stroke of color.

Whether we choose the traditional red and green or explore a spectrum of vibrant hues, these pages provide a canvas for self-expression and relaxation during the festive season.

As we color, we also deepen our appreciation for the rich history and cultural significance of poinsettias, from their origins in Mexico to their enduring presence as symbols of joy and goodwill.

Beyond the artistry, coloring poinsettias offers an opportunity to share meaningful moments with loved ones, to teach children about nature’s wonders, and to find solace in the simple pleasure of creation.

As we send our colored poinsettias into the world, whether as decorations, gifts, or keepsakes, we carry forward a tradition that embodies the warmth and spirit of the holiday season.

So, as you pick up your colored pencils or markers, may you find joy and inspiration in these pages, celebrating the magic of poinsettias in your own unique way.

Happy coloring!

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  • To see all of my free printables, go here.
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  • To see all of my floral coloring pages, go here.
  • To see all of my Holiday and seasonal coloring pages, go here.
  • To see all of my Christmas coloring pages, go here.

Otherwise, here are direct links to several of my other related posts that you’re also going to love:

Winter Coloring Pages


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St. Patrick’s Day

Valentine’s Day

Spring coloring pages


Summer coloring pages

Fall Coloring Pages



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Botanicals / Fruits

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