Christmas Cactus: Schlumbergera bridgesii

Christmas Cactus Flower

These cacti are originally forest cacti from the Organ Mountains north of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The plant is made up of 1-inch long, dark green elliptical leaves that look linked together. They are very easy to propagate by taking a single leaf section and planting it 1/4 of its length in soil.

Christmas cactus has been kept as a holiday houseplant since the 1800’s. Early breeders crossed Schlumbergera truncata with Schlumbergera russelliana creating the beginnings of the hybrid plants you see today.

These plants are non-toxic to children and pets. They make a great choice for hanging baskets!


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anastasia Ealy on November 13, 2011 at 10:47 am

    What are the medicinal properties of the plant if any?


    • Anastasia…I have found no reference for medical properties of the Christmas Cactus as of yet….does not mean there was never a use for them, just not that I can find recorded!


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