6 most popular Christmas flowers and plants to look for at Christmas
Christmas is one of the most loved and celebrated festivals around the world. Regardless of which part of the world you are in, celebrating Christmas is a wonderful way to spend time with your loved ones, participate in the cheer that takes over the world and exchange much good will and happiness. As is the case with any special occasion, flowers and plants are a beautiful way to add to the Christmas decoration and celebrations.
Flowers have long played a role in the celebration of Christmas. They have, for a long time, been associated with the day of the birth of Jesus. Thus, many people order flowers or plants and accept flower deliveries to their home days or weeks before Christmas.
To know which flower arrangements and plants to order for Christmas, keep reading below to find out.
You can decorate your home or take them along as gifts to spread the Christmas cheer. In this article, we discuss some lovely Christmas flowers suitable for gifts.
What are the most popular flowers associated with Christmas?
The Poinsettia plant is probably the most popular and traditional flower associated with Christmas. As most of the plants are red, they provide the appropriate color for the holiday season. To send your Christmas wishes to a friend or loved one, send a potted poinsettia plant. Native to Central America, it was Mexico that branded the poinsettia as their Christmas Eve flower. Many people believe that the shape of the poinsettia plant leaves represents the Star of Bethlehem.
The traditional Christmas flower has these vibrant and luscious red colors, which is a striking contrast, perfectly coloured to compliment the green Christmas tree and tinsel decorating your home. It is famed as the Christmas Star plant, with its festive colours and bold, pointed leaves. Joel Roberts Poinsett introduced the plant to the United States from its indigenous home of Mexico, and the plant was named after its founder. It's Christmas connotations are coined from Mexican legend and folktale and have since been renowned as a traditional December plant, making it the ideal gift or flower to brighten up your festive displays.
Poinsettias are the perfect house flower, requiring little to no daylight and watering twice a week, they can be prolonged with a little plant feed every 3-4 weeks. They are readily available across supermarkets and local stores, whereas beautiful floral displays can be found in florists. They can even be found blossoming in pound shops and bargain stores, for the perfectly priced poinsettia flowers.
It is believed that a young, poor Mexican girl, called Pepita, couldn’t afford to give Jesus a present on Christmas Eve so she picked a handful of weeds from the side of the road and made a bouquet out of them. Though she felt awfully embarrassed by this minor gift, she was told that if the gift is given with love and care, it will be completely adequate in God’s opinion. This made her feel much better so she placed the small bouquet of weeds on the nativity scene and all of a sudden, the weeds of her bouquet transformed into beautiful green and red flowers. It was a true miracle. Since that special day, these flowers have been known as the flowers of the holy night.
The Christmas Rose
The Christmas rose is a plant also heavily associated with Christmas and is a traditional flower. The reason so - highly linked with the birth of Jesus Christ is down to a shepherd maiden called Madelon.
Despite its name, this flower looks nothing like a rose, but its tendency to blossom from December to February is what gives it its festive name. It has large, white and round petals, making it a refreshing and crisp, snow-like backdrop to any Christmas scene. A Christmas Rose is more suited to the outdoors, but blossoms best in shade, and is advised as a plant for those with experience in growing flowers.
However, they are available from garden stores as flowers and plants to be potted, so can easily be transferred to a pot to give your garden the perfect Christmas feel.
The plant can grow quite long stemmed, creating a beautiful outdoor display and are famed as having petals tinged with pinks as they age, which is a pleasant touch as they continue to flower into the warmer months.
The Christmas rose legend
One night, whilst she was tending to her sheep, she saw the shepherds and the wise men walk by with their special gifts. It saddened Madelon that she had not anything to give Jesus Christ because she was terribly poor. Whilst she was crying, an angel passed by and brushed the snow off of Madelon’s feet to find a white flower with pink tips. It was the Christmas rose.
A Christmas cactus
A Christmas cactus is mainly used for decorations – to hang on the door or the wall. It can also be a wonderful non-traditional gift to give to your friends or family. With it’s astonishing red/rose flowers and interesting with their hanging branches. It blooms right before the holidays, so ordering a Christmas cacti as a flower delivery gift would be suitable for the festiveness.
You should water the Cacti plant every 2 to 3 weeks, when the upper part of the Christmas’s plant becomes dry. The Cacti flower is known for its ‘good news’ character from the story of how the Christmas plant appeared in our life.
Christmas cactus legend
Laidback Gardener has written a story and according to him, there has been a young boy in the Brazilian jungle all alone praying for a sign of God that Christmas will be here… but no luck! The day prior Christmas, early in the morning when the child woke up and walked out of his tent, hundreds of Christmas cactuses were all hanging from trees and the boy’s surroundings. As seen many times like Christmas bells, the boy got his Christmas gift and celebration.
The most well-known flower of them all, Mistletoe which dates back to years before Jesus Christ was born is very much associated with the festive celebration. What makes this flower so incredible is that even during the very cold weather, the plant remains green. You may, of course, also be familiar with the well-known tradition of kissing under the mistletoe.
A popular, traditional Christmas song and flower, Holly is a beautiful addition to the festive season. Its spiky, rich green leaves and luscious red berries are a firm Christmas tradition. This evergreen plant can also, for the gardening-savvy, be grown in your own garden. It is necessary to buy a young plant from a reputable garden centre, and it requires plenty of attention to soil and prune, but in return, Holly will repay you with a year in year out, annual display.
The legend says that the almighty goddess Fig lost her son Baldur from an arrow made of mistletoe. Then she has said that from that day on, everyone who does not use a weapon will be kissed under or from the MIstletoe itself. Thus, you might think of the Mistletoe as an evergreen sign of peace and love.
Not only will a Holly plant transform your garden into a winter wonderland, it is also perfect for indoor decoration. Why not place Holly across the mantelpiece and decorate with your favourite festive ornament? Create a wonderfully nostalgic reef for the front door or hang flower stems of Holly around or along the bannister of the staircase, the perfect way to bring the crisp freshness of Christmas into the home.
Small sprigs of Holly can also be used to decorate the table at a sumptuous Christmas dinner, or small flower cuttings can be used as fancy decorations for presents, tied round a gift tag, to spread some of that Christmas cheer.
Holly legends and stories
It is taught that the Holly has been a sacred plant for Romans, Celtic and Druid beliefs. Many think that these berries are a symbol of fertility or harvest. Romans thought of the Holly to be connected in a way with Saturn.
Christians believe this plant symbolises Jesus Christ. It was believed that the blood of Jesus’s blood which painted the berries red. The green leaves look like a crown symbolizing his crown of thorns. Many people associate the Christmas flower Holly with some of the most popular Christmas songs out there.
And finally, ivy is another flower connected to Christmas. It represents the birth of Jesus and an eternal life. It also stands for love and affection in marriage and friendship. There are three facts about ivy.
- It clings, as if clinging to a man for protection;
- it thrives in shady areas;
- and it is evergreen.
There are many other flowers and plants associated with Christmas such as wreaths of Fraser fire, Scotch pine, Balsam fir and so on, but none of them are as popular as the flowers mentioned above. Christmas is not just a celebration of religion. It also celebrates nature and the season of winter. Nature is celebrated and this reflects in the greenery that comes with Christmas, including flowers, leaves, and fruits.
If you are planning on exchanging flowers with a loved one on Christmas day, consider flower delivery by giving any of the flowers mentioned above or alternatively another Christmas plant, create a bouquet with an arrangement of those flowers. Christmas gift baskets are also a popular present to give to friends and family. Fill a basket with flowers and fruits and add plant seeds in a small package, so the person can grow them. Flowers don’t just have to be given as gifts, you can use them to decorate rooms or tables for the festive season.