5. Christmas Cactus
While amaryllis flowers are poisonous, Christmas cactuses are one of the few kinds of plants that are safe for humans and pets, which makes them a great choice for families with small children, cats, or dogs. In addition to being safe, they’re also incredibly beautiful. Each year, your Christmas cactus will bloom around Christmastime with stunning tube-shaped flowers in shades of pink, orange, red, white, and purple.
Although cacti, these plants are actually native to the humid forests of Brazil. Since Christmas cacti aren’t originally from the desert, they don’t tolerate drought as well as cacti from more arid climates. Christmas cacti like to have lots of sunshine and frequent drinks of water. They don’t, however, appreciate sitting in standing water for long, so be sure to pot yours in a container that will allow the water to drain through the bottom.