A Brazilian cactus with branching stems of glossy green, flat, broad, tooth-edged sections, the tips of which bear long flowers, typically red or pink, with recurved outer petals. Christmas cacti are widely cultivated as houseplants.
- Schlumbergera bridgesii (or Zygocactus bridgesii), family Cactaceae
- While poinsettia is the most popular, a Christmas cactus in full bloom is a great gift and easy to care for once the flowers have faded.
- You'll be glad to hear that my Christmas cacti are now dripping with pink buds and the geraniums on my frost-free balcony continue to bloom spectacularly.
- Every fall, my Christmas cactus displays a spectacular profusion of blooms on a covered patio in San Mateo, California.
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Syllabification: Christ·mas cac·tus
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