Christmas Cactus Plant

Schlumbergera bridgesii

Christmas cactus plants, Schlumbergera bridgesii, native to central and South America, are one of the most popular houseplants sold during the holiday season. Christmas cactus are epiphytes in their native environment. Epiphytes are plants that grow on other plants and trees. Whether used as a table or hanging plant, a Christmas cactus produces beautiful tubular flowers in white, pink, red, yellow, salmon, and fuchsia during late November and December. The leaves are small, flat, and smooth with scalloped edges. There is a Thanksgiving cactus  (Zygocactus truncates) and an Easter cactus (Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri). Each of these plants blooms around a specific holiday. A Christmas cactus is an easy care, flowering plant that can live for 100 years, being passed on from generation to generation. With each passing year, a Christmas cactus gets bigger and more impressive.