4. Christmas Cactus
Another winter favorite is the Christmas cactus, which has beautiful tube-shaped flowers in shades of red, pink, orange, and white. Like poinsettias, the Christmas cactus also blooms in response to shorter days, which times its flowers perfectly for Christmas. Other varieties of this plant, the Thanksgiving and Easter cactuses, bloom closer to their respective holidays.
Another positive aspect of the Christmas cactus is that it’s one of few plants that isn’t poisonous for people or pets. Ingesting any part of the plant is sure to cause a stomach ache, but it won’t cause any real harm. This makes it a great choice for homes with small children and pets.
Be sure yours has plenty of sunshine, soil that drains easily, and frequent drinks of water. Although the Christmas cactus is a cactus, it’s not originally from the desert. Christmas cacti are native to humid forests of Brazil, where they grow on the bark of trees. As a result, they don’t tolerate drought as well as your average cactus or succulent.