Amaryllis is popular at Christmas due to the colorful blooms that brighten up a winter landscape. The red and white blooms are well-suited for Christmas gifts and the immense blossoms enhance holiday decorations.
Many festive varieties of amaryllis are available, some with stories that can be associated with Christmas themes. A hybrid amaryllis, ‘St. Joseph’s Staff,’ was introduced in the 16th century, according to online resource The African Garden. St. Joseph’s Staff is a reference to the legend that St. Joseph was chosen to become husband to the Virgin Mary after his staff sprouted amaryllis flowers during the selection process conducted by a high priest. The name, amaryllis, is derived from the Greek word that means “to sparkle,” and its botanical name, Hippeastrum, is Greek for “knight star.”