2. Christmas Cactus
The Christmas cactus is also a notable winter beauty. This plant also blooms in response to the length of daylight, and the days grow short enough to prompt flowering just in time for Christmas. There two other similar varieties of this cactus that bloom close to the holidays for which they’re named, Easter and Thanksgiving. Christmas cactus flowers are alluring tube-shaped blooms of various shades of red, pink, purple, orange, and white.
In addition to its beauty, another perk of the Christmas cactus is that it isn’t poisonous for humans, cats, or dogs. It’s one of the few plants that won’t do any real harm — other than a likely stomach ache — if accidentally ingested.
Although the Christmas cactus is a cactus, it won’t tolerate drought as well as other cacti and succulents because it doesn’t actually come from the desert. Christmas cacti grow in the humid forests of Brazil. As a result, they need plenty of sunlight and need to be watered regularly. Be careful not to let them sit in standing water, as they prefer soil that drains completely.