December Flowers: Narcissus & Holly

Did you know that each month of the year has its own specific flower, or oftentimes more than one? Follow along as we do a series on these ‘birth month flowers’ and you’ll be sure to learn something new and exciting! In December, the traditional birth flowers are the narcissus and the holly.

As December’s frost blankets the landscapes of Springfield, MO, and the wider Ozarks, nature bestows upon us a duo of floral beauties: the Narcissus and the Holly. 

This is a time when the vibrant hues of autumn give way to the subtler, yet equally enchanting colors of winter.

And thankfully, nature doesn’t disappoint—because even though the Ozarks are inching closer to that ‘winter’ weather, we still have some amazing flowers that really take the cake as being amazing gifts for the final month of the year. 

The Narcissus emerges as a herald of winter’s grace. Its slender stems and trumpet-shaped flowers, ranging from pure white to golden yellow, stand out against the dormant earth. 

The delicate petals, often with a contrasting cup at the center, exude a gentle yet unmistakable presence in the quiet of winter gardens.

While the Narcissus, with its delicate petals and graceful appearance, is typically associated with the onset of spring, it’s not a natural bloomer in the Ozarks during December. In Missouri’s climate, these flowers usually adorn the landscape from late March to early May. 

However, for those who wish to enjoy the beauty of Narcissus during the winter season, local florists like Linda’s Flowers in Springfield have you covered. Through careful sourcing, we ensure that these charming flowers can be a part of your December celebrations, bringing a touch of spring’s promise to the heart of winter.

The Holly, in contrast, offers a robust display of deep green leaves and bright red berries—and it does bloom naturally during the December month in Missouri. 

Its glossy, spiky leaves, enduring through the coldest months, are as much a symbol of winter resilience as they are of the festive season. 

The berries, clustered among the leaves, add a splash of warmth to the chill air, reminiscent of the enduring spirit of the Ozarks during the winter months.

As we journey through the last month of the year, these flowers not only adorn the landscapes of Springfield but also carry with them rich histories and meanings, deeply rooted in culture and tradition.

Here’s why these flowers may need to be on your holiday wish list this month. 

What Do Narcissus And Holly Flowers Mean?

The Narcissus flower is a well-recognized and ancient symbol of renewal, and carries the promise of new beginnings.

Often associated with the dawning of spring, it holds various meanings across cultures. 

In some traditions, it represents self-love and vanity, a nod to the Greek myth of Narcissus. 

In others, it’s a sign of wealth and good fortune, making it a perfect gift for the New Year.

Holly, on the other hand, with its vibrant red berries and evergreen leaves, is a quintessential symbol of the holiday season. 

It represents everlasting life, joy, and protection

In many cultures, holly is believed to ward off evil spirits—and it’s often used in winter solstice celebrations.

The History Of The Narcissus and Holly Flower

The journey of the Narcissus and Holly to the Ozarks is as fascinating as their symbolism. 

The Narcissus, originally found in the Mediterranean region, made its way across continents through trade and exploration. Its resilience and adaptability made it a favorite in gardens worldwide, including those in the Ozarks.

Holly, native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa, found its way to America with early settlers. 

The plant’s ability to thrive in various climates allowed it to become a natural part of the Ozark landscape, where it’s now a common sight in winter gardens.

Why Narcissus and Holly Flowers Make Amazing Gifts

Narcissus and Holly make exceptional gifts, especially during the holiday season. 

Their rich symbolism and beauty add a special touch to any occasion. 

Narcissus, with its delicate blossoms, brings a sense of elegance and freshness, while Holly adds a festive and traditional touch.

Tips For Keeping Narcissus And Holly Flowers Fresh After Cutting

To keep your Narcissus and Holly fresh:

  • Trim the stems at a 45-degree angle.
  • Use a clean vase and change the water every two days.
  • Keep them away from direct sunlight and heat sources.
  • For Holly, misting the leaves can help maintain their glossiness.


At Linda’s Flowers in Springfield, we cherish the beauty and history of December’s most iconic flowers: the Narcissus and the Holly. 

Their rich symbolism and storied past make them more than just plants; they’re a piece of history and culture—and their symbolism stands tall, even in the winter here in the heart of the Ozarks. 

If you’d like to experience a bouquet of these wonders of nature and find the perfect floral gift this holiday season, please don’t hesitate to stop by.

We’d love to hook you up with the perfect bouquet for your December merry-making.