Pretty Holiday Plants That Aren't Poinsettias

Bored with Poinsettias? If you're looking for another flowering plant to decorate your home for the holidays, you have plenty of other options in an array of colors and textures.

Try a classic winter bloomer like Cyclamen for long-lasting flowers, a snowy white Christmas cactus (that can actually rebloom in late winter), or a quirky Christmas Kalanchoe if you want a low-maintenance succulent with vivid-colored blooms

Here are my top 10 favorites for holiday houseplants.



Easy-care Anthurium (Anthurium andraeanum) is not only a striking houseplant for the holidays, but for any time of year. It comes in a dizzying array of colors thanks to mass hybridization and is a prolific bloomer, producing flowers for much of the year.


African violet

This classic American houseplant has a heartwarming tradition as a Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day gift, but there’s no reason it can’t be a Christmas centerpiece as well.



This colorful succulent (sometimes called a Christmas Kalanchoe) is easy to grow as a houseplant, and it has umbels of flower clusters with an especially long bloom period (up to eight weeks) when compared to other succulents.


Phalaenopsis orchid

Often called the beginner orchid since it’s one of the easiest varieties of orchids to grow as a houseplant, Phalaenopsis orchid (Phalaenopsis spp.) lends an air of elegance to the holidays with its graceful, arching branches and long-lasting, flat flowers.



It’s an herbaceous perennial that does double duty, since you can use a few sprigs for your winter stews and you can even decorate your rosemary “tree” if you don’t have space for a traditional Christmas tree.

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