Some people consider poinsettias the official flower of the holiday season. I say, “Move over, poinsettia, and make way for amaryllis!”
I decided to downsize the holidays this year and am eliminating lots of decorations and frills. Difficult to do, though. I recently read an article in the Minneapolis Tribune that promoted using an amaryllis plant instead of poinsettias so I picked up one during a shopping trip to try it out. I love the plant as its buds are unfolding! It's really quite beautiful and after I wrap the pot in decorative paper (or repot it in a glass container, surrounded the blooms with pebbles) it will be a worthy substitute for the traditional poinsettia, which will eventually wilt and fade. According to the article, I can keep it from year to year.