4. Christmas Cactus
We absolutely Christmas cactuses! They feature pretty, tube-shaped flowers that come in reds, pinks, oranges, and white. They bloom in response to the length of the days, which means yours will reliably bloom every year at Christmastime, as long as you take good care of it. A cactus that’s actually native to the humid forests of Brazil, Christmas cactuses don’t tolerate drought as well as their desert-dwelling plant cousins. To make sure yours stays healthy, display it in a location that receives plenty of sunlight, pot in well-draining soil, and water it regularly without ever allowing it to sit in standing water.
Another great thing about Christmas cacti is that they’re one of the very few plants which are not poisonous for cats, dogs, or humans. Ingesting any part of a Christmas cactus will likely cause an upset stomach, but it’s not going to do any real damage, which makes them a safe choice for households with pets and small children.