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Christmas plants

Whether you are decking the halls with boughs of holly, kissing under the mistletoe or nibbling roasted chestnuts, you will find plants closely interwoven with Christmas and midwinter traditions.

Detail of holly leaf with berry
Frosted holly leaves and fruits

Festive plant species

Want to know more about frankincense and myrrh, two plants mentioned in the Bible and given as gifts to baby Jesus?

Are you curious about the potted poinsettias that decorate our houses during the festive season?

Do you know whether mistle thrushes have anything to do with mistletoe?

Browse our festive species profiles below to find all the answers and more.