4. Christmas Cactus
Christmas cactus is another of our seasonal favorites. These beauties bloom with tubular flowers in alluring shades of red, pink, orange, and purple. Christmas cactuses bloom when the length of days becomes short enough, which happens to be right around Christmastime. There are two similar varieties of this plant, the Thanksgiving and Easter cactuses, which bloom close to their respective holidays.
The Christmas cactus is actually native to humid forests of Brazil, where they grow similar to orchids, on the bark of trees. As a result, the plant can’t tolerate drought very well. To care for your Christmas cactus, be sure to water it regularly in a pot that drains easily, and place it in a location that receives plenty of sunlight. In Fort Worth, these plants do well indoors, but can actually survive in the outside elements, too!
Another perk of the Christmas cactus is that it’s one of the few plants not poisonous to cats, dogs, or people. Ingesting any part of a Christmas cactus will likely cause a stomach ache, but no further damage.