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Flower Highlight: December Flower of the Month

Flower Highlight: December Flower of the Month

The December birth flowers are the narcissus (paperwhite), poinsettia and the holly.

While poinsettias are more commonly associated with Christmas, they are also considered as birth flowers for December. Poinsettias are also called Christmas Stars and Christmas Flowers because of the shape and color of the “flowers,” which are technically bracts. The flower is named after American diplomat and physician Joel Roberts Poinsett, who took a vital role in bringing the plants from Mexico to North America. The Aztecs considered these flowers as a symbol of purity. Today, the vibrant poinsettia flowers signify success, good cheer, and celebration. Moreover, they are the national flower of Trinidad and Tobago and the floral emblem of Madagascar.


The narcissus is symbolic of good wishes, hope and wealth. From the genus Narcissus (which also includes the daffodil!), the paperwhite Narcissus is one of the most popular winter blooms, making it only fitting to be December’s birth flower and associated with good wishes, hope, and wealth - all the things one wishes for end-of-year cheer and celebration! They also represent sweetness, purity and simplicity, all delicately showcased throughout its paper-thin flowers. Narcissus flowers are known for their trumpet-like center.

Holly is a convenient birth plant for December, since it is so popular around the holidays. It symbolizes protection and defense. A popular plant for the cold winter months, it's no surprise that December shares this birth flower with the holly plant. Although this plant has relatively unnoticeable flowers, it would be more fitting to refer to it as December’s birth berry! Even though its most visibly seen and highlighted throughout the winter months, real holly plants will bloom small scented flowers during the spring which often attract great pollinators like bees and butterflies.    Instead of a traditional bouquet, gift one of our bloombox  to help the recipient celebrate their birthday all month long!