15 Holiday Houseplants

Decorate your home for the holidays with these colorful houseplant options.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: Image courtesy of Viva Terra

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©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

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©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Poinsettia

Loved for their big, bright, red blooms, these classic holiday plants are actually tropical plants, making poinsettias the perfect houseplant candidate year-round.

Amaryllis

Amaryllis and other bulbs bloom inside during the winter months and help create an exotic display when grouped together.

Begonia 'Wightii'

Here's a festive plant for the holidays: the polka-dot begonia delights with green foliage (with red undersides!) that is speckled with white spots. With proper care, this tropical can produce delicate white flowers in spring, summer and fall, which can stay on the plant to early winter.

White Jasmine

Jasmine is wonderful for brightening up the gloomy winter months. Its flowers may be small, but what they lack in size they make up for in fragrance.

Anthurium

Anthurium is a tropical plant that shows off shiny, dark green foliage with flowers that can be red, yellow or green. They like light shade, and a warm and humid atmosphere, so misting is beneficial. This anthurium from VivaTerra is set in porous rock and makes the perfect holiday gift.

Snowdrops and Cyclamen

Snowdrops and cyclamen are an essential part of the winter garden that can also be potted and kept indoors. Snowdrops produces tiny, white, weeping flowers in late winter. Cyclamen are loved for their colorful fall blooms and dark green foliage that last throughout the winter.

Norfolk Island Pine

You may recognize the Norfolk Island Pine as the small tree offered in many stores and garden centers around Christmastime, often covered in a layer of glitter. Be careful: this conifer is adapted to warm-weather, and will perish in cold climates.

Fiddleleaf Fig

The fiddleleaf fig tree has large, attractive leaves and can grow up to six feet. The tree thrives in humidity, so place it in a warm, sunny spot and keep the soil moist.

Peace Lily

Try giving easy-care peace lilies as a gift: with proper care it will delight your loved ones with its signature white blooms in the spring.

Christmas Cactus

The Christmas cactus is perfect for a tall pot or a hanging basket, which allows the long, bright green stems terminating in red, white, pink, purple or orange flowers to rain down in the fall and winter.

Bromeliads

Bromeliads are loved for their striking, colorful foliage. Keep these tropicals in a warm location that receives plenty of light for the best chance of blooming, but don't be disappointed if yours doesn't bloom, or only blooms once.

Peperomia

Peperomia are small houseplants with interesting foliage that varies depending on the variety. They love humidity, so water often and consider keeping in the bathroom. Try red-edged peperomia (pictured), Peperomia clusiifolia 'Variegata', as a holiday houseplant.

Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe is a thick-leaved succulent that naturally produce flowers in a variety of colors, most commonly red, pink, yellow and white. Kalanchoe blossfeldiana is one of the most widely available varieties. Keep your kalanchoe in a warm, sunny window and let the soil dry between waterings.

Donkey's Tail

Your holiday guests will get a kick out of donkey's tail: this unique sedum produces stems of circular, gray-green leaves. Try including it in a holiday centerpiece for a fun conversation starter.