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Non-Traditional Holiday Houseplants

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Whether you’re looking for a host/hostess gift that’s a little bit different or you want to add some living cheer to your holiday decorations, check out these houseplants. We’ve looked past the usual poinsettia, amaryllis, Christmas cactus and cyclamen to find some different options.

Peace lily

Peace lily

Peace lily — easy to grow and bring to flower even in less than bright light, its white flowers and dark green leaves complement Christmas decorations.

succulents

Succulents — colorful versions of echeveria, aloe and crassula go well with the bright lights and baubles of the season, and they don’t mind if you neglect them while you’re busy with holiday preparations.

Croton

Croton

Croton — big, bold leaves of red and green. Need we say more?

Citrus

Citrus

Potted citrus — oranges and clementines were once a popular stocking stuffer. Give a nod to this tradition with a gift of a dwarf citrus tree. Read about our favorite here.

Hellebore

Hellebore

Hellebores — these beautiful winter bloomers can be kept as a houseplant in a cool space through winter and then transitioned out into the garden as a perennial come spring. Read more on potted hellebore care here.

Staghorn fern

Staghorn fern

Staghorn fern — with just a little imagination, these quirky ferns can fit right into a display celebrating Rudolph and company.

airplants

Air plants — these are great choices at the holiday season because they double as decorations (tied onto an indoor wreath, incorporated into a table’s centerpiece, used in place of a bow on a present, etc.).