Holiday Houseplants to Bring Life to Winter Decor

Thanksgiving has passed. For some, that means it is time to unbox Christmas decor. For others, the holiday decorations have been up for over a month. While people disagree on the best time to start decorating for the holidays, everyone loves an opportunity to switch things up for the season and add a little cheer to their homes.

Winter decor commonly gets its color from flashy paper, bright lights, and flowing ribbons. But bare branches aren't the only way to add an organic touch to a design. Add some life to the color with holiday-favorite plants.

Surprisingly, many plants used to deck the halls are from tropical regions like Mexico or Brazil.

Continue reading to see if your favorite holiday houseplant is on the list!



Poinsettia is found in a variety of colors including shades of pink, green, and orange, but the traditional holiday-red is the top-seller, making up 75% of total poinsettia sales.

This flowering plant is actually a tropical tree native to Mexico. It can grow up to 12 feet in height.

The red "flowers" of the poinsettia are leaves called bracts. The actual flower is the yellow center.

For our Central Florida friends, we recommend bridging indoor and outdoor decor by placing poinsettia inside and out. Collect poinsettia in multiple colors for variety. We recommend reds and golds.



This holiday favorite encourages affectionate pecks beneath it (we recommend asking before smooching!) and is typically identified by its evergreen leaves and red berries.

Mistletoe is actually a bit of a Grinch. This parasitic plant attaches to trees, bushes, and other plants to rob them of their nutrients and water. It is very difficult to remove mistletoe once it infests a tree, so be careful if decorating with live mistletoe.

In addition to its parasitic nature, the plant is also poisonous. All parts of the plant are poisonous, including its leaves and berries. Be sure to keep it out of reach of pets and children (this is one of the reasons the plant is commonly placed high and above doorframes).

Between its parasitic nature and its poisonous contents, mistletoe may be a member of Santa's naughty list.


Christmas Cactus

While not as well-known as poinsettia and mistletoe, Christmas cactus is rapidly gaining more popularity with the growing succulent trend. This succulent is found in the coastal mountains of Brazil, so it thrives in humid and cooler conditions more than other species of cacti.

Although it is a cactus, it shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It prefers to be potted and does best in bright, indirect light in areas without drafts.

Their exotic flowers and thick greens bring bursts of bright color to holiday decor.


Otown Flowers Top Choice: Amaryllis

Amaryllis is not often associated with the holidays but it is a wintertime favorite for florists, and our designers love incorporating its deep-red color into their Christmas masterpieces. Amaryllis can thrive as a houseplant, as long as they are in a space that is not too cold or drafty.

Our designers prefer traditional holiday red, but amaryllis can be found in shades of pink and white, too. Mix reds and whites for an elegant and lively Christmas environment in your home.

As a bonus, amaryllis plants are happy to have a few of their blooms cut for use in floral arrangements.

What's your favorite houseplant for the holidays? Let us know in the comments below.

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