The month of December is unique in that it features two flowers of the month: narcissus and holly. Both flowers can be used effectively as a part of your holiday decor this year and are relatively easy to care for.
Narcissus is a family of spring bulb plants which includes daffodil, daffadowndilly, narcissus, and jonquil. Narcissus flowers are available from November to April depending on the species. Teleflora only offers daffodils in the springtime. Narcissus has trumpet-shaped flowers.
Narcissus plants are fairly easy to grow and don’t require much a lot of maintenance. It’s best to plant them in the fall months so they can bloom in late winter or early spring. That said, the plants are known for being hardy. They’ll survive the harsh winters better than most flowers and have the reputation for being featured in floral arrangements around this time of the year. Not only are they December birth flowers, but they also look great as a part of holiday decorations.
This plant species is toxic when eaten. To be on the safe side, keep all of your yuletide plants out of reach of your dogs and cats (and children!) during the holidays.
Holly is the second flower of December, and it’s quite appropriate for the time of the year. Although it grows as more of a bush, the berries that grow at the end of each branch on the shrub are bright red and are associated with Christmas. Holly flowering plants have glossy leaves, typically with a spiny toothed or serrated leaf. The holly flower is greenish white, with four petals. It’s popular to trim branches off of the holly bushes to use as decor around the house for the holidays.
Caring for a holly plant isn’t too difficult. Plant it in the spring or fall in an area with moist soil and plenty of sunlight. Try to leave plenty of space between each plant, since they’ll need space to grow into bushes. Like its fellow December flower, narcissus, holly berries are poisonous, so keep this pretty plant away from food, kids and pets. Instead of using holly in your dining table’s centerpiece, try decorating with holly further away from food, like on the mantel above the fireplace, for instance.