Another winter favorite is the Christmas cactus. These plants feature deep green leaf-like segments and bloom with pretty tubular flowers in attractive shades of red, pink, magenta, orange, and white. Christmas cacti respond to the length of daylight they receive, and when the days grow short enough around Christmastime, they’ll begin to bloom. Other varieties of this cactus, the Thanksgiving and Easter cactuses, look similar but bloom near their respective holidays.
Another reason to love the Christmas cactus is because it’s one of the few decorative plants not poisonous for people or our pets. Ingesting any part of the plant will likely cause an upset stomach, but Christmas cactus contains no toxins and is safe to keep anywhere in a home with small children, cats, and dogs.
Cared for properly, a Christmas cactus will grow and continue to bloom for many years to come. Be sure to provide them a home inside a pot that drains easily, using potting soil formulated for cacti or succulents. While this plant is a cactus, it’s actually native to the humid forests of Brazil. As a result, it won’t tolerate drought as well as its desert cactus cousins. Be sure to water it regularly, but never let it sit in a pool of standing water.