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Winter Botanical Names


Tis’ the season for Winter Botanical Names!

The Christmas trees are going up and the wreaths are being hung. Nature names need not be limited to the sunny months. Here are some festive winter plant and flower names!

Holly “Dec the Halls with boughs of Holly”. Often used in holiday decor, Holly is a quintessential Christmas baby name. A shrub with glossy green leaves and bunches of small red berries that ripen in winter. This name reminds me of the character Holly Golightly played by Audrey Hepburn in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Garland – Holiday garlands are often made from pine, though these decorative cords and wreaths can be made from a variety of materials.  Many Christmas trees and banisters are adorned in garlands.  As a name Garland has an old sophisticated charm. It could also honor the beautiful and legendary actress Judy Garland.

Douglas – Douglas might not seem like an obvious winter botanical name, but the Douglas fir is a popular type of Christmas tree in North America.  Named for the Scottish botanist, David Douglas, a Douglas fir was also the icon for the TV show Twin Peaks. Douglas is Scottish name used both as a first and last name, meaning “dark water”.

Amaryllis – A tall, elegant plant with a flowering bulb. Red Amaryllis are often used as holiday centerpieces. Amaryllis is an uncommon Greek flower name that means, “sparkling”.  There are many potential nicknames, such as Amy, Mary, Alice, or Ellis that may make this exotic name feel more usable.

Birch – Bare white Birch trees are evocative of winter.  Branches from these lovely trees are often used for holiday decor. Birch wood is quite strong and is used for furniture, flooring, and much more.  The name Birch fittingly has a strong and stoic sound.

Olive – Olive is a little name that has made a big comeback.  The Olive branch is a symbol of peace, forgiveness, and acceptance.  A white dove carrying an Olive branch can be seen on everything from holiday cards to tree ornaments.  The name Olive steams from a Latin name, meaning “Olive tree”.

Pine – Pine is another type of Christmas tree. The smell of Pine is often used in holiday candles and room deodorizers.  There are also numerous holiday crafts involving Pine cones.  Pine is a simple, one syllable name, more often seen as a surname.

Ivy – Ivy is a sweet, spunky plant name that is currently the most popular it’s ever been in the U.S. at #152.  Ivy leaves are symbolic of resurrection.   The Holly and the Ivy is a British Christmas carol. Beyoncé and Jay-Z choose the name Blue Ivy for their daughter.

Poinsettia – Red and green leaf Poinsettia are one of the most recognizable winter plants.  To the ancient Aztecs the Poinsettia was a symbol of purity.  Bolder than many names on this list, a Poinsettia could use cool nicknames like Etta or Tia.

Evergreen – Evergreen is a plant that keeps green leaves throughout the year, hence its name.  Evergreen is type of Christmas tree and its branches are also commonly used in holiday wreaths.  Similar to names like Everett and Everly, Evergreen also reminds me of the surname Everdeen used in The Hunger Games trilogy.

What are your favorite winter botanical names?

May all you holiday wishes bloom,