I grew up thinking poinsettias are beautiful, poisonous plants that are grown for decoration at Christmas. I only saw them as small plants in pots and was stunned when I was a young adult and saw them in pinks and spotted varieties for the first time because I thought they were only red.
I was surprised the first time I saw a poinsettia here in Cameroon. It was a large bush or small tree. I never knew they grew like that.