A member of the Spurge family, the poinsettia is a perennial shrub that thrives in the dark. What many people believe to be a flower at the top of the plant, are actually a distinct set of colored leaves.
One of the best-known Christmas plants is Mistletoe. This plant grows on oak and apple trees and is well known for its white or red berries and distinctive green leaves. It’s also well known for its tradition of bringing people together in a kiss.
A member of the St. John’s wort family, Hypericum berries are frequently used to produce Christmas bouquets, arrangements, and wreaths. The berries come in several colors including white, red, and green, as well as varying sizes on thick, dark green-leafed stems.
A member of the Narcissus family Paperwhites are bulb flowers that can bloom at any time of year. They typically have multiple, small white blossoms on each stem, and many stems can be grown together in one pot for an impressive display.
Holly is an evergreen shrub with glossy, prickly green leaves and bright red berries. A common Christmas decoration when brought indoors, holly plants grow well anywhere and depending on subspecies may reach heights of 40 feet.
Amaryllis is a type of lily, which grows from a bulb like tulips or daffodils, and which comes in a variety of colors including white, red, and pink. Many varieties are cultivated to bloom around Christmas time, with red, white, and striped flowers on dark green stems.
One of many types of holiday cacti, the Christmas Cactus is characterized by its flat, rounded leaves and tubular red flowers. Unlike most cacti, the Christmas Cactus likes water and shorter days, preferring to bloom during the coldest months of the year.
Often grouped together with holly in Christmas songs, the ivy most commonly seen around Christmas as a decoration is a member of the ginseng family. Ivy is a vine with round, flat leaves; Christmas varieties are usually seen without berries.
Not actually a rose, the Christmas Rose or Hellebore, actually belongs to the buttercup family. The plant is characterized by large groups of two to three nodding white blooms on floral stalks.
The Christmas Lily is from the same family as the Amaryllis, and is another popular gift given around this time of year, cultivated to bloom around Christmas time. The lily comes in many different colors, often growing two or three blooms per stalk.
Sometimes known as the “Candy Cane lily” Stargazers are considered one of the most famous types of lilies in the world. They grow large, fragrant red and white blooms on tall stalks.
Known to fans of Christmas everywhere, the spruce tree is often considered its symbol. These tall, conical, evergreen trees feature short, stiff needles and colors that range from true green to blue or white. This is one of the many varieties of trees that is used indoors a Christmas tree during the holiday season.
Red for love and white for spirituality, red and white roses can be found in a variety of shades and sizes. Combined, they make a beautiful, seasonal bouquet that can deliver many meanings to the receiver, including passion, innocence, and romance.
Rosemary is a fragrant herb with stiff green needle-like leaves. It’s gained recent popularity as a small, table-top Christmas tree when cultivated into a conical shape.
Norfolk or Norfolk Island Pine is an evergreen tree commonly sold as a living Christmas tree, but which makes a beautiful houseplant year-round. The Norfolk pine has long, soft needles and a sparse, rangy body. These trees are one of the most popular types of indoor Christmas trees, particularly for small spaces, and are often decorated with ornaments, lights, tree, toppers, and more.
The Peace Lily is a flowering house plant with long green leaves and glossy white flowers. It’s recently become a popular Christmas plant with its ability to bloom in mid-winter and thrive with little sunlight.