Determined to brighten the darkest month of the year, we make the season bright with evergreens, the Yule log, and colorful plants.
In this issue, we focus on those Christmas plants—whether you need plant care tips or a gift idea for a neighbor. (Give a living gift!)
Also, Robin Sweetser—our garden writer—shares great tips on bringing color and texture to the outdoor winter landscape!
With all good wishes,
Your Almanac Editors
The holly's up, the house is all bright.
The tree is ready, the candles alight.
–Carl August Peter Cornelius (1824–74)
The Legend of the Poinsettia as a Christmas Plant The poinsettia is America’s most popular flowering holiday plant! Native to Mexico, the plant is called Flor de la Noche Buena (Flower of the Holy Night), due to its resemblance to the Star of Bethlehem. But how did this tropical plant become the quintessential Christmas flower across...
Cyclamens: A Christmas Houseplant Cyclamens (Cyclamen persicum) are attractive, easy-care houseplants that will bloom continuously throughout the winter months. They are a unique alternative to the traditional holiday poinsettia.
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