While it looks like a pretty typical green succulent the rest of the year, Christmas cactus starts putting out a showstopping display of flowers in late fall in classic colors like red and pink, but also yellow, orange, or white.
This holiday classic usually shows up in stores between Thanksgiving and Christmas with an array of leaf patterns and flower colors. You can go with a crisp white Cyclamen, or opt for brighter shades of pink, red, purple, or even a mix.
While they sometimes come in full bloom already, it usually takes six to eight weeks for a dormant amaryllis to begin blooming—just in time for Christmas.
The large clusters of delicate, snow white flowers have an intoxicating, spicy fragrance and last about two weeks. Once the plant is done blooming, you can enjoy the green leaves as a houseplant for a few more weeks.
Azaleas (Rhododendron spp.) are popular holiday houseplants since they thrive in cool temperatures and have long-lasting blooms (three to four weeks). The delicately ruffled flowers appear in vivid shades of red, purple, pink, coral, and white.