Schlumbergera, commonly known as Christmas Cactus, belongs to the genus of epiphytic forest cacti. It is native to mountain rainforests of southeast Brazil.
Schlumbergera blooms in winter because the flower has genetic memory. Despite the change in geographical latitudes, they continue to live according to nature's established cycle.
Christmas Cactus produces gorgeous lantern-like flowers in various colors: red, yellow, purple, white, and pink. They appear as a chain of bright elongated petals 1-2 in (2-5 cm) in size intertwined at the tips of all stems. Flowers are zygomorphic – it means they are bilaterally symmetrical.
Tiny buds are positioned on the tops of the leaves, indicating that the Christmas Cactus is a member of the cactus family. You can see aerial roots on almost every elongated leaf of the plant, and they take root almost instantly when they come into touch with the soil. The plant appears to migrate slowly from one location to another.