14 Best Christmas Plants and Flowers for the Holiday Season

Discuss the best Christmas plants now. Poinsettias and mistletoe are “normal” Christmas plants, but there are many more indoor plants, flowers, and wreaths appropriate for the holidays.    

Best Christmas Plant 

Poinsettia

Mexican poinsettias, part of the Euphorbia family, are popular Christmas plants in the US because to their red and pink leaves. Green leaves change hue during brief winter days.  

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Amaryllis

Holiday amaryllis bulbs are a popular gift for green thumbs. These flowers resemble poinsettias but have a unique twist. Their name means “to sparkle”—and they do!  

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Paperwhite Narcissus

Use tiny paperwhites to recreate the first winter snow indoors. Narcissus papyraceus, a bulb-starting perennial, flowers inside in winter. Paperwhites, a relative of daffodils, smell beautiful and make great Christmas gifts.  

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Holly

Holly is a great winter plant and a great Christmas plant. No other item is better for “deck the halls”.  

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Phalaenopsis Orchid

An orchid is a stunning plant year-round and will add color to your décor over the holidays.

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Christmas Tree

Without the Christmas tree, is it even a list of the best seasonal plants? As the most famous Christmas plant, the Christmas tree is a typical winter holiday staple.

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Christmas Rose

Helleborus niger, known as Christmas Rose, is a semi-evergreen perennial with dark green foliage and popular white or pink-white bowl-shaped blooms that bloom from winter to spring.   

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Christmas Cactu

There's no reason Christmas cactus (or winter succulents) shouldn't be as widespread as other holiday plants!    

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Lemon Cypress

No space for a Christmas tree? Lemon cypress (Hesperocyparis macrocarpa) is useful here. It has several advantages and is ideal for flats.  

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Norfolk Pine

Another option for those without space or a big Christmas tree. Norfolk Island trees off New Zealand's coast can grow to 200 feet but are kept at five feet as leaf plants.

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Rosemary 

Another Christmas festivity idea for small spaces. Rosemary smells great, looks like a Christmas tree (particularly when cut into a cone-shaped topiary), and may be used to hang small decorations.  

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