1. Christmas Cactus
These are a seasonal favorite for their cheerful tube-shaped flowers that come in a variety of hues from reds and pinks to white and orange. Native to the humid forests of Brazil, the Christmas cactus won’t tolerate drought as well as its cacti cousins from the desert. As a result, it’s important to provide these with plenty of filtered sunlight, well-draining soil, and frequent watering.
Christmas cactuses respond to the amount of daylight they receive each day and bloom when the days grow short enough. A true Christmas cactus blooms at Christmastime. Similar varieties of the plant, the Thanksgiving cactus and the Easter cactus, bloom around their respective holidays. While these cacti have other differences, like the shapes of their segments and spikes, that can be spotted by a well-trained eye, the timing of their blooms is the easiest way to tell them apart. One major benefit of the Christmas cactus is that it’s not poisonous to people or animals. Although it would give anyone an upset stomach, if ingested, the Christmas cactus is one of few plants that’s basically harmless.